MILWAUKEE – MSOE softball welcomed Mount Mary University to the MSOE Athletic Field for their final non-conference matchup of the season on Wednesday Afternoon, looking to keep their winning streak alive. After 19 runs and 26 hits over the course of two games, the Raiders now are proud owners of nine straight wins with a clean sweep over the Blue Angels.
Mount Mary – 4
MSOE Raiders – 9
Game Two (6 innings)
Mount Mary – 2
MSOE Raiders – 10
HOW IT HAPPENED
MSOE (26-10, 14-4 NACC) struck early in game one, securing the win before the third inning was over. After a scoreless first, the Raiders got on the board thanks to some heads-up base running, with Delaney Martino (Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln-Way East) taking home on a Julia Marsh (Omaha, Neb. / Millard North) caught stealing rundown. They scored the exact same way to end the third inning as well, but not before the Red & White assembled five more runs off sixth hits. MSOE sent ten batters to the plate during the inning, taking advantage of a throwing error that allowed two additional runs during the inning. Mount Mary (6-19, 0-0) got four runs back between the third and the fifth, but the damage had already been done. The Raiders plated two more in the bottom of the fifth to round out the scoring in the 9-4 victory.
The Blue Angels tried to turn the tables in game two, scoring two runs in the top of the first off starter Sarah Grossman (Palatine, Ill. / Palatine). That would be the only crooked number on the scoreboard the freshman allowed however, settling in to go the rest of the way without another MMU runner touching home for her third win of the season. The Raiders offense was quiet until the bottom of the third when they tied up the game via another throwing error that help MSOE out with two runs. The offense really kick into high gear in both the fourth and the sixth, scoring four runs in each half inning. Kim White (Plainfield, Ill. / South) dealt a blow in the fourth with a two RBI triple down the right field line, and Caitlyn Spreitzer (Plainfield, Ill. / Joliet Catholic Academy) landed the knockout blow when she singled to right to score Martino to enact the mercy rule at 10-2.
The Red & White have showed why they've already clinched a spot in the NACC tournament. MSOE leads the conference in hits (354), doubles (70), RBIs (193), walks (111), batting average (.349), and fielding percentage (.972).
MSOE STAT TRACKER – TWO GAME TOTALS
Julia Marsh – 6 hits, 2 RBIs, 1 run
Delaney Martino – 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBI
Emily Snow (Long Beach, Calif. / Millikan) – 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBIs
Sarah Grossman – 6 innings pitched, 2 earned runs, 4 hits allowed
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders will honor their five outgoing seniors this Friday when they welcome Rockford to the MSOE Athletic Field in the home finale. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 3:00 pm, with the ceremony taking place between games.