Softball Earns First Conference Victory
Chelsea Homa ’14 tossed a complete game shutout in game one on Saturday, allowing only two hits and striking out seven in the process. She did not allow a hit until the sixth inning and picked up her second win of the season. Shortstop Melissa Osborne ’13, hitting sixth in the order, took a 2-2 pitch and put it over the center-field fence for the game’s first run. She claims that her second-inning solo shot came on a rise-ball.
In the third inning, Dickinson relied on small-ball to plate two runners and take a 3-0 lead. Center-fielder Stephanie Hammond ’15 led off the inning with an infield hit, and second-basemen Katie Swade ’15 followed with a single to left-field. DH Bruke Mikesell ’13 sacrificed bunted the runners over to second and third with one out. Erin Owens ’15, hitting third and playing right field, proceeded to knock in both runs with a base hit to left-center. The Red Devils had 11 hits, led by two each by Swade and Denise Haines ’13.
Dickinson rallied back and nearly pulled out a conference sweep. Down 6-4 heading into their last at-bat, Osborne drew a leadoff walk and Carly Jordan singled to put the tying run on-base with nobody out. They could not get the one big hit they needed as two groundouts and a lineout to the shortstop ended the game with the tying run on second. Hammond recorded the RBI groundout.
The Red Devils scored the game’s first run on a pair of walks, a Haines single and a Madison Gerish ’12 fielder’s choice RBI. The Fords answered back and scored two in the first, third, and fourth innings, putting Dickinson behind 6-2. Gerish, the first-baseman, got things started in the fifth inning with a leadoff single. Osborne followed with a walk, and Carly Jordan singled in Gerish to make it 6-3. Left-fielder Jay Abell ’15 drove in Osborne with an RBI groundout.
Katri Thiele ‘15 allowed four runs on six hits. Homa came on to relieve with one out in the third inning and finished the game, recording six strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Jordan went 3-for-4 to lead the way. Abell had two hits and two RBI, and Owens also added two hits. The Red Devils had 10 hits in the second game.
The Red Devils played two solid games over the weekend and look to build momentum by stringing together several. “Our communication on the field has really improved,” says Osborne. “We’re starting to come together in all facets of the game.” They host Frostburg St. in a doubleheader on Thurs., Apr. 5 before returning to conference play and taking on Washington College in a home twin-bill on Sat., Apr. 7.