BELOIT, Wis. – The MSOE Raider's softball team had scored 70 runs coming into today's game against Beloit College. They scored more than half of that in one doubleheader. The Red & White went on an offensive tear, plating 37 runs in their domination against the Buccaneers in Beloit.
MSOE Raiders – 20
Beloit – 0
MSOE Raiders – 17
Beloit – 2
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first game featured MSOE (9-5, 0-0 NACC) scoring in every single inning they batted in. It started with four in the first, three in the second, and two in the third, but the best was yet to come. The fourth inning opened with the Julia Marsh (Omaha, Neb./Millard North) double, which lit the powder keg. The Red & White scored nine runs on seven hits in the inning, even leaving two ducks on the pond. Beloit (6-11, 0-0 MC) committed three errors, but even then, 19 of the 20 runs MSOE scored were earned. The final line on the Buccaneers starting pitcher Alyssa Morris, who pitched all five innings, was 18 hits, 20 runs, 19 earned runs, and 10 walks. Emily Wiederholt (Cuba City, Wis./Cuba City) and Sarah Grossman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) combined to throw a two hitter in the 20-0 mercy rule victory.
The second game was much more competitive, up until the seventh inning that is. MSOE scored two runs in the top of the first but were kept off the board for the next two innings. Meanwhile, Beloit scored a run in the bottom of the third to cut the Raiders lead in half. The Red & White created some distance by scoring 7 runs in the middle frames, before once again opening the floodgates in the last inning of play. With one out, Amanda Manssen (Bull Valley, Ill./McHenry West) started the rally with a single to left. The next ten batters after her reached base safely, scoring eight runs off eight hits. The Raiders once again limited the Buccaneers offense to just two runs off five hits in the 17-2 thumping.
Surprisingly, the Raiders had no triples or home runs in the offensive showing, but they did hit 14 doubles between the two games.
TEAM STAT OF THE GAME
This isn't the first time that the team has put up offensive numbers like they have today. The Raiders scored 34 runs in two games last season against Rockford on April 27th.
RAIDER STAT TRACKER
Rachel Ziemba (South Elgin, Ill./South Elgin) – 4 hits, 5 runs, 1 RBI
Amanda Manssen – 7 hits, 6 RBIs, 6 runs
Emily Snow (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) – 3 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBIs
Liz Gale (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) – 3.0 innings pitched, 1 run allowed, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, no walks
WHO'S ON DECK?
The Raiders will face off against Wisconsin Lutheran coming up in just two days to open up NACC play. The doubleheader that was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, has been moved to Thursday starting at 3:00 pm at the MSOE Athletic Field.