Softball Splits Against Muhlenberg, Drops Both Against Messiah
By Candace Means, Staff Writer
On March 30, the Bullets softball team split a double-header against Muhlenberg College, dropping the first game, but bouncing back in game 2.
The Bullets lost game one 2-0, but won game two 8-4, tallying eight runs, 12 hits and seven RBI.
In game one, the Bullets were in an offensive slump, as they went three up, three down from the second inning until the fifth and only tallied two hits between the sixth and seventh inning.
Luckily, game two was a complete turnaround as the Bullets tallied six runs in the top of the third. Junior Taylor Doi hit a two-RBI single while sophomore Shelby Baker had a two-RBI double.
Senior pitcher Morgan Clauser pitched a complete game, recording five strikeouts in her ninth win of the season.
On Tuesday April 2nd, the Bullets played a non-conference opponent, Messiah College. Unfortunately, the Bullets did not come up with a win in either game.
The Messiah College Falcons won the first game 9-3, despite the Bullets striking first.
Junior Rachel Julie reached base on a walk, then stole second, and eventually made it home as Sophomore Shelby Baker grounded out to second base in the bottom of the first inning.
However, the Falcons could not be silenced. They scored three runs in the top of the third inning to take the 3-1 lead.
Sophomore Brynn Griffith went 2-for-3 with a triple, run scored, and an RBI. Senior Meredith Taylor went 2-for-2.
Freshman pitcher Skylar Spinner took the loss from Tuesday’s game. She allowed six hits and two runs, while tying a career high with four strikeouts.
Last year, the Bullets did not start off the season well, starting off 3-9, but then quickly bounced back to be able to compete in the playoffs.
They ended up beating Messiah 11-4 at the end of the regular season in 2018. However, losing to the Falcons in the beginning of this season will not put an end to the Bullets.
In a preseason interview with Corey Jewart, Senior Morgan Clauser discussed the hardships of last season.
“Having those really tough games was really beneficial for our team because we got to realize what our weaknesses were, and it gave us the opportunity to fix some of those issues.”
After Spring Break, the Bullets worked harder than ever and were able to finish the season winning 18 of their last 22.
“It also made us a lot hungrier to win because after we experienced that super low and we knew how it felt to be that team. It forced everyone to take that extra step and work harder,” said Clauser.
The Bullets will return to conference play at Collegeville against Ursinus on April 6th.