MSOE Spring Softball Success; Manssen Mortifies Pitchers
The MSOE softball team concluded their spring trip to Florida with an overall record of 6-4. Over the last two days, the team finished 3-1.
Game 1: MSOE (5-2) - 7 vs. Cabrini (3-3) - 0
- Sarah Grossman made a statement in her first career start by throwing a complete game shutout.
- MSOE scored 4 of their runs in the first inning to cruise to victory over the Cavaliers.
- Amanda Manssen went 4 for 4 driving in 3 and scoring once.
- Lauren Stefanczyk went 2 for 4 driving in 1 and scoring twice.
- MSOE had 9 hits on 29 at bats compared to Cabrini's 24 and 4.
- The Raiders first three hits were doubles to open up the game. A pitch hit the first batter, Rachel Ziemba. Then Stefanczyk, Snow, and Manssen all doubled to drive in runs.
Game 2: MSOE (5-3) – 3 vs. Alma (6-4) – 7
- It was a tight game until the 6th inning when Alma poured in 5 runs to take the lead and the game.
- Emily Snow went 2 for 4 in the game.
- Rachel Ziemba, Julia Marsh, Kim White, Delaney Martino, Amanda Manssen and Lauren Stefanczyk all had 1 hit to add to the Raiders statistics for the game.
- Ziemba had 2 rbi's to lead the team.
Game 1: MSOE (6-3) – 11 vs. Muhlenberg (0-1) – 9
- It was a hitter's paradise as both teams smacked 13 hits each towards a scoring extravaganza.
- MSOE took off leading by 4 runs in just the 2nd inning. Manssen, White, and Stefanczyk all did damage to the Mule's from the batter's box.
- The Mule's were not to out-done scoring 4 in the 5th inning making the score tied at 4's.
- The Raiders responded by tacking on 7 to lead 11-4.
- In a furious 7th inning, the Mule's kicked their way close to a tie by scoring 5 runs, but Emily Wiederholt forced a groundout to end the rally and the game.
- Liz Gale earned the win pitching for 2 innings with Emily Wiederholt coming in for the save.
Game 2: MSOE (6-4) – 2 vs. RPI (2-0) - 10
- The Raiders were hoping to leave Florida in style, but the Engineers had other plans.
- The Red and White could not capitalize on their opportunities as they left 8 on base with only 8 hits on 26 at bats.
- Kim White and Lauren Stefanczyk led the team with 2 hits on 3 at bats driving in 1 each.
- Lorrin Pondo and Sarah Grossman shared the mound.
Notes: Junior Amanda Manssen is hitting .543 with a slugging percentage of .667. She has 19 hits on 35 at bats, scoring 6 times herself and driving in 12. She has only struck out 4 times and is a threat in the already dangerous line-up that features All-American Senior Emily Snow and Senior Rachel Ziemba along with a host of talent such as Freshman Lauren Stefanczyk who is hitting .452 with 14 hits and 7 RBI's. Currently, Manssen leads the NACC in runs batted in (12) and is 3rd in batting average. Emily Wiederholt leads the NACC in strikeouts (23). The Raiders will take what they learned and focus on the NACC Conference.
The Red and White retake the field March 16 when they face Carthage at 12 and 2pm at MSOE.