CLERMONT, Florida – Junior Emily Snow had four extra-base hits and reached base six times over two games to help the MSOE softball team secure a split with a 7-4 defeat of St. Mary's (Minn.) in the second contest Wednesday in Florida.
The Raiders (4-2) rallied after a 4-1 defeat to Alma (6-1) to knock off the Cardinals (2-4) thanks to four unanswered runs.
Snow drove in the only run of the game on for MSOE with a first-inning home run. She also walked twice in the game. Against SMU, she hit three doubles and drove in three runs.
In the second game, the Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second inning and another in the third. The second-inning rally came about when junior Rachel Ziemba drew a bases-loaded walk to open the scoring. All three trailing base-runners kept running with sophomore Gabi Roderman stealing home in the process.
Junior Emma Megal then drew a lead-off walk in the third inning and Snow promptly drove her in with a double to left field.
The Cardinals battled back with five hits leading to four runs in the bottom half of the third inning to take a 4-3 lead.
The score remained unchanged until the fifth inning. Snow led off with a double and tagged up on a fly out. She then tied the score when senior Caitlyn Moran lifted a sacrifice fly to left field.
Snow's third double of the game then capped a three-run sixth inning as MSOE stormed ahead. Sophomore Kiki Davis drew a lead-off walk and came around to score thanks to a pair of passed balls and a sacrifice bunt. Back-to-back singles preceded Snow's two-bagger to open the 7-4 lead.
Junior Liz Gale started the game and pitched 4.0 innings with a pair of strikeouts and no walks. Freshman Lorrin Pondo (3-2) came on in relief and earned the win with 3.0 scoreless innings. She struck out four and allowed just one hit.
At the plate, MSOE complimented seven hits with eight walks to get going. Sophomore Riley Rossbach collected a pair of hits and Ziemba had a hit and three walks to reach four times in the game.
The runs were not as easy to come by in game one, as the Raiders fell to the Scots for the second time this week. Alma scored twice in the top of the first inning and Snow answered with a home run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 2-1.
A single run in the second and another in the fifth for the Scots opened a 4-1 lead.
MSOE threatened in its final at-bat. Ziemba singled with one out and was followed by back-to-back walks to load the bases. With the go-ahead run at the plate, Alma induced a pop out and ground ball to escape the danger and close out the win.
Ziemba had two hits in the opener and sophomore Kim White hit a pair of doubles. The team finished with six hits and five walks.
Pondo took the loss in the circle, allowing just two earned runs over 7.0 innings. She scattered four hits and did not walk a batter while notching four strikeouts.
Snow extended her reaching base safely streak to 43 games.
The Raiders have a day off Thursday before continuing their Florida trip Friday with games against Concordia-Moorhead at 10:30 a.m. central time and Capital at 1 p.m.