Softball Report (Week 3) - Rose & Bluffton Split HCAC Softball Opener

GREENWOOD, IN- Rose-Hulman and Bluffton earned a split in the first HCAC softball series of the 2011 season.  The Engineers (7-9, 1-1 HCAC) notched a 5-3 win in game one before the Beavers (8-5, 1-1 HCAC) earned the split with a 6-3 triumph in the second contest.

Rose earned the game one win with four runs in the fifth inning, overcoming a 3-1 deficit.  Sophomore Brianne Widmoyer (Elkhart, Ind./Central) finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI for RHIT.

Bluffton jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in game two and never looked back, holding on for a 6-3 win.  Junior Emily Manahan (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run and two RBI. 

Freshman pitcher Kayla Owens (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) entered the game midway through the second inning and finished with 5.2 innings of relief, holding off a hot Engineer lineup.  Owens allowed three hits and struck out one in the contest.

Rose capped off the week with a pair of wins at home over Spalding.  The Engineers posted a 3-2 win in the first contest and prevailed 7-3 in the second outing.  Senior Kyla Lutz (Tennyson, Ind./Boonville) blasted a home run and drove in all three runs in the first game, while earning the win on the mound. 

Senior Allison Faber (St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy) went deep in the second game, knocking a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Engineers continue the HCAC schedule against defending champion Transylvania in Lexington Saturday afternoon.

For a complete recap of Week 3 in HCAC Softball, click here