Softball Sweeps Cornell on the Road

Mar 23, 2016

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - The University of Dubuque Spartans softball team won doubleheader on the road Tuesday night with victories over Cornell College 5-2, 4-0. 

The Spartans scored quickly in game one and jumped out to a first inning lead after earning three runs on two hits. UD extended the lead in the second after scoring one run on two hits. The hosts rallied back in the the next three innings to score two runs to slice the Spartan edge to 4-2. UD added a run at the top of the seventh to increase the margin 5-2. Cornell battled back in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. A pair of infield errors placed runners at first and second bases. A single to third base loaded the bases up before a fly out to right field ended the afternoon for the Rams.

Mackenzie Kyle pitched all seven innings to earn the victory after facing 31 batters. She allowed one earned run on four hits, walked two batters, forced 14 ground outs and six fly outs. Cornell stranded eight runners on base and the Spartans would leave five runners on base. Courtney Markin, Brianna Gyrion, and Andres Smith would finish the day with two hits each.

In game two, UD's Megan Schlueter allowed just one hit as she held the Rams scoreless after 7K's and facing 26 batters. The game was scoreless through four innings before the Spartans scored two runs at the top of the fifth on two hits. The Spartans made quick work in the bottom of the sixth with two fly outs and a strike out swinging. UD would add two runs on three hits and left two runners on base at the top of the seventh. Schlueter walked the leadoff batter before the Spartans turned a double play to clear the bases. A ground out to shortstop would end the night for Cornell with a lone hit.

Gyrion led the offense after finishing game two with three hits in four at bats and two RBI's. Designated player Gabby Kroeger finnished 2-3 at the plate and scored twice. The Spartans let seven runners on base and the Rams stranded five batters in the loss.

The Spartans improved to 7-11 before taking a short Easter Break and returning to action next week.