Thunder Offense Explodes in Third Day of Competition

Thunder Offense Explodes in Third Day of Competition

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Trine University softball team scored 25 runs in two games to cruise to two victories yesterday. They took the first game of the day against Bates College by the score of 14-2 in five innings, before defeating Houghton College 11-1.

Trine faced off with Bates in the first contest of the game. They wasted no time building a commanding lead, scoring three runs in the first, five in the second and six in the third. They allowed just two runs in the top of the second to take the game 14-2 in five innings.

Two members of the Thunder paced the team with three RBIs apiece. Sophomore Mercede Daugherty (Watervilet, Mich. / Watervilet) tallied two on a single in the second and then another on a groundout where she reached on an error. Sophomore Haley Springer (Crestwood, Ky. / Oldham County) came up with three starting with one in the second with a double and another in the third with single. Freshman Ashley Swartout (Westfield, Ind. / Westfield) came up with the team's lone home run in the contest.

Junior Hannah Kampmann (St. Paul, Minn. / Cretin Derham Hall) picked up the victory in relief to improve to 1-1 on the season. She finished the contest with five strikeouts while allowing just three hits.

In the second game of the day Trine took on Houghton. Once again they wasted no time building a big lead scoring eight runs in the first three innings. They allowed the lone run to the opposition in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Thunder finished off the game with three runs in the top of seventh.

Daughterty continued her strong day once again pacing the team with three RBIs, this time coming off of two doubles and two singles as she went four for five at the plate. Sophomore Mackenzi Cannici (Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North) also turned in three RBIs coming on a double two singles.

Sophomore Laurel Smithson (South Lebanon, Ohio / Kings) pitched a complete game victory allowing just four hits and walking none for her first victory of the season to improve to 1-1.

Trine improves to 4-2 following the two victories. They will continue their spring break slate of games tomorrow, March 7 when they take on Thiel College at 10 a.m and St. Joseph College Brooklyn at 12:15 p.m.

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