Mar. 24, 2017

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Kalamazoo, MI

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Est. 1877

Softball

Softball Struggles to Win

Senior Paige Maguire swings as she attempts to help her team to victory. (Beatriz Feijoo/ The Index)
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Kalamazoo College’s softball team faced off in three MIAA double headers this past week, traveling to Trine and Calvin, while hosting Hope in between. The Hornets started game one with a hot start, with an RBI single from junior pitcher Erin DuRoss, scoring sophomore Izzy Kirck. The Thunder countered with runs in the second and third innings, but the Hornets took back the lead in the fifth with a three run inning. However, four runs would not be enough for the Hornets though, as the Thunder added three more in the bottom of the sixth to seal a 6-4 loss for K. After scoring four in the first game, the Hornets were held to only four hits in game two against Trine. The Thunder offense did not hold back though, racking up 14 runs, including innings of four or more in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

The Hornets returned home Wednesday to host conference rival Hope in a double header. Junior Erin DuRoss again started game one of the series, and pitched well, allowing only two runs on five hits in a complete game effort. DuRoss’ performance was not the best of the day on the mound however, as Trine’s Sydney Jones held the Kalamazoo bats to only one hit, while striking out 12 in her complete game performance. In game two the Hornets and Hope were back and forth for most of the game, and K scored two in the seventh to tie the game. Hope rallied though, and scored a run of their own to secure a sweep of the Hornets on the day.

On Saturday the Softball team travelled to Grand Rapids to play a double header against Calvin College. Again DuRoss allowed only two runs in a complete game performance on the mound, this time pitching all eight innings, as the Hornets won 3-2 in extra innings. Calvin jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but K answered in the fifth with two runs of their own on a two RBI double from senior Victoria Najacht. As the game went to extras, DuRoss helped her own cause by driving in the go ahead run with an RBI single scoring first year Andrea MacMichael, and sealed the deal by pitching a scoreless eighth inning. In game two, Kalamazoo scored in both the first and second innings to go up 2-0, but that would be all the offense the Hornets would get, as Calvin’s bats woke up and produced 11 runs in the following four innings to avoid the sweep.

The Hornets continue MIAA action this week on the road against Adrian, before returning home to Kalamazoo to face Olivet this weekend. The team is 7-18 overall, and 3-5 in the MIAA.

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