Softball Pounds Spalding 8-0 and 12-4 in Sweep

Softball Pounds Spalding 8-0 and 12-4 in Sweep



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored 20 runs to earn a convincing 8-0 and 12-4 doubleheader sweep over Spalding University in college softball action on Saturday at the Rose-Hulman Softball Complex.

Sophomore Jenny Miller led the offensive performance by finishing 6-6 with two home runs and eight RBIs on the day.  Miller tied a school record with six RBIs in the nightcap.

Junior Morgan Dreyer also provided a key offensive spark with five hits and four RBIs, including a home run in the nightcap.

In the opener, Rose-Hulman scored five runs in the fifth inning to secure an 8-0 victory.  Miller finished 3-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs to lead the 12-hit attack.  Dreyer contributed a 3-3 performance with one run and one RBI, including two doubles.  Sophomore Jessica Will also finished with two hits, including a double, one run and one RBI.

The offense helped senior pitcher Taylor Lockhart record her fourth shutout of the season.  Lockhart lowered her earned run average to 0.31 this season with a five-inning complete game that featured just two hits allowed and five strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Miller blasted a grand slam and tied a school record with six RBIs in a noteable effort.  She finished 3-3 with a home run, six RBIs and one run scored.

Dreyer added two hits with a home run, scored three times and had three RBIs.  Will added three runs scored and also launched a home run.

Other Rose-Hulman players with multiple hits included Gabbi Markison with a single, double, two runs scored and two RBIs; and junior Janel Lake with two singles and two runs scored.

Michelle Korf scattered six hits over the first four innings to pick up the pitching win, with Miller recording the final three outs of the day with three strikeouts.

Rose-Hulman improved to 9-5 on the season, while Spalding fell to 5-7.  The Fightin' Engineers open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Defiance on April 2.