March 8, 2013

Statesmen start Spring Break with 6-3 mark

TUCSON, Ariz. —  The William Penn softball team has started its spring break trip with six wins in nine contests.

The Statesmen (9-5) opened the trip last Sunday with a 3-1 loss to Madonna (Mich.) before rebounding with a 3-1 win over Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.). The victory started a five-game winning streak.

William Penn swept No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 12-11 and Aquinas (Mich.) 4-1 Monday before winning 6-0 over Trinity International (Ill.) and 10-5 over Peru State (Neb.) Wednesday. Thursday began with a 4-1 setback to Calumet-St. Joseph (Ind.), but the Statesmen answered with a 4-0 shutout of Hope International (Calif.).  The day ended with an 11-0, five-inning loss to Olivet Nazarene.

Madonna 3, William Penn 1

The Statesmen outhit Madonna 8-4, but two errors allowed for two late runs by the foes in the fourth inning (three errors total by William Penn).

Molly Miller had three hits and drove in K.C. Routos with the team's only run. Jennifer Whitehead struck out four against two walks in the loss. She did not permit an earned run.

William Penn 3, Concordia-Moorhead 1

A 7-5 edge in base hits was utilized for a Statesmen win in Sunday's nightcap. Miller and Jessica Christensen each recorded two hits, while Callie Henry posted two RBI. Christensen, who also scored twice, recorded the team's lone home run so far this week against Concordia-Moorhead.

Carly Land managed 11 strikeouts (two walks) for the win.

William Penn 12, Olivet Nazarene 11

Despite trailing 9-3 entering the bottom of the fifth frame, William Penn did not fold up shop, but instead rallied for a great late-inning victory. The Statesmen, who outhit the Tigers 13-10, picked up three runs in the fifth, four more in the sixth, and two in the seventh. The squad overcame five errors.

Routos, Bri Zerley, Ashley Kingery and Sonia Ray  all tallied two hits, while Miller, Routos and Cassie Lohman finished with three RBI apiece.  Ashlee Dennis crossed home plate three times and Kingery and Zerley each rounded the bases twice.

Whitehead earned the win, striking out nine with three bases on balls.

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