CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology softball team kicked off the 2017 season with a pair of wins down in Florida.
Rose-Hulman 5, Houghton 0
In the first of two games on Monday, the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers squared off against the Houghton Highlanders. Rose-Hulman struck first in the contest, scoring one run in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Morgan Dreyer doubled to score Maddie Struble.
The Fightin' Engineers would add two more runs in both the bottom of the 5th and 6th innings. Michelle Korf whacked a key, two-out, two-run double in the 5th inning that plated Jenny Miller and Gabbi Markison. In the 6th inning, Miller was hit by a pitch which plated the fourth Engineer run and Struble drew a bases loaded walk to score the fifth and final run.
Michelle Korf was solid on the mound all afternoon and she picked up her first win of the season. The junior allowed only three hits and struck out three batters.
Rose-Hulman 9, Waynesburg 1 - F/5 Innings
The bats came alive for the Fightin' Engineers in game #2 of the day. The Fightin' Engineers jumped all over the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets. Rose-Hulman smacked 11 hits, five of which went for extra bases.
Waynesburg plated their only run in the bottom of the 1st, but Rose-Hulman answered right back in the top of the 2nd inning with three runs. Janel Lake hit a sacrifice fly to center that brought home the first Rose-Hulman run. Cassidy Yeomans smacked a RBI double and Cydney Ogan followed up with a double of her own that scored Yeomans.
Lastly, in the top of the fifth inning, Ogan hit her second double of the game and drove in two runs. Jessica Will capped the day for the RHIT offense driving in the final run with an extra base hit.
Baylee Sparks pitched all five innings for RHIT, allowing five hits and just one run. Sparks struck out two Yellow Jackets on the day.
The Fightin' Engineer (2-0) will return to the diamond tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. against Capital and at 2 p.m. against York (Pa.).