Alma takes two from Beavers
Alma improves to 10-2 with sweep at Bluffton
March 16, 2012
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Alma College softball team took advantage of seven Bluffton errors in a sweep of the Beavers on Friday, March 16, 2012. Bluffton fell to 8-8 overall, while the Scots upped their season mark to 10-2.
Following three scoreless frames to open game one, Alma College scored all it would need thanks to three hits and two Beaver errors in the fourth inning. Amanda Schneider made the home team pay when when she smoked a two-run shot to left center with two down.
Louise Rezmer continued to put up zeros on the scoreboard as Alma pitched a 4-0 shutout of the Beavers. She allowed five hits and struck out five while allowing one walk.
Freshmen Katie Clark (New Palestine, Ind.) and Jessica Kuzara (Flat Rock, Mich/Huron) both finished with two hits in the opener. Starter Chloe Shell (Covington) took the loss after allowing four runs, just one earned, in four innings of work. She did not walk a batter. Sophomore Kayla Owens (Cincinnati/McAuley) tossed three innings of shutdown relief, fanning four while not allowing a hit.
Alma plated an unearned run in the first following a leadoff double by Schneider. Bluffton responded with a score in the home half. Meagan Price (Toledo/Springfield) drew a free pass and moved to second on Kuzara's sacrifice bunt. Clark lined a single to right before Lindsay Robertson's (Cincinnati/Northwest) sac fly to left made it 1-1.
The Scots added two runs in the third and two more in the fourth for a commanding 5-1 advantage. Clark picked up Price in the seventh and the Beavers brought the tying run to the plate in Emily Manahan (Columbus/Watterson), but she went down swinging as Alma held on for the 5-2 victory.
Freshman Megan Patton (Waynesfield/Perry) fell to 3-3 on the season with the loss. She gave up five runs, three earned, on nine hits in six innings of work. Patton struck out three and walked just one batter. Clark went 2-of-4 to finish the day with four hits. Osborne was 2-for-3 and Price scored both runs for Bluffton.
The Beavers jump right back into action when Bluffton welcomes Goshen College on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Game one is slated for 1 p.m.