March 29, 2011

Softball Report (Week 4) - Defiance Sweeps Franklin to Open HCAC Play

GREENWOOD, IN- Defiance College moved into first place in the HCAC standings with a sweep of Franklin over the weekend.  The Jackets (9-9, 2-0 HCAC) handed the Grizzlies a 5-1 defeat in the first contest and completed the sweep with a 9-1 decision.

DC's Elizabeth Huffman (Edwardsburg, Mich./H.S.) and Marah Robinson (New Philadelphia, Ohio/H.S.) provided the offense in the 5-1 game one victory.  Robinson got the scoring started with a two RBI double in the first inning, finishing the game 2-for-3.  Huffman capped off the scoring with a three RBI double in the sixth inning.

Junior pitcher Shauna Bowers (Delphos, Ohio/Delphos Jefferson) earned a complete game win, tossing seven innings with eight strikeouts and four hits allowed.

After trailing 1-0 after the top of the second inning in game two, the Yellow Jackets crossed the plate nine times to earn the sweep.  Freshman Stephanie Esquibel (Defiance, Ohio/H.S.) was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, and three RBI as DC rattled off 14 hits in the game.

Defiance also traveled to Heidelberg in non-conference play during the week.  The Jackets were swept on the road, dropping game one 7-6 and game two 4-3.  Huffman turned in a solid offensive performance in the game one loss, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a home run, and three RBI.

Sophomore Katie Miller (Archbold, Ohio/H.S.) blasted a home run in the second game defeat, hitting a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning.

The Yellow Jackets face Ohio Northern and Adrian in non-league play this week.

For a complete recap of Week 4 in HCAC Softball, click here