For Immediate Release
Softball -- April 25, 2012
Red Devils Fall in Home Finale to RMU-Springfield
EUREKA, Ill. – The Eureka College softball team played its final home doubleheader of the 2012 season Wednesday afternoon, dropping both games of a non-conference doubleheader with Robert Morris-Springfield. The Eagles scored late to earn a 3-1 win in the opener before coasting to an 8-2 victory in game two.
Game one featured a brisk pace, as neither squad was able to push a run across until the sixth inning. The Eagles (12-25) struck first when Lauren Mordacq led off the sixth with a single and later scored on Calyssa Gramley’s double to left field for a 1-0 advantage. Gramley eventually scored on a run-scoring single from Sarah Kwaak with two outs in the inning to push the lead to 2-0.
The Red Devils (8-26) got an unearned run back in the bottom half of the inning when an RBI single from sophomore catcher Emily Campbell (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) plated junior second baseman Kelli Dunne (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods H.S./Illinois Central), who had reached on an error with two outs earlier in the inning. RMU pitcher Julie Waite got an infield popout to end the inning with the go-ahead runs stranded in scoring position.
Tara Scott gave the visitors some insurance in the seventh when her RBI double scored Modacq from first base for a 3-1 advantage. Eureka junior starting pitcher Sarah Jesse (Mackinaw, Ill./Bloomington H.S.) singled through the left side to lead off the bottom of the seventh, but the Red Devils were unable to put the tying run on the basepaths before Waite got a popout, fielder’s choice and strikeout to end the game.
Eureka junior shortstop Jaylynn Stewart (Taylorville, Ill./Taylorville H.S.) picked up two hits in the opener. Jesse tossed a complete game in the circle, striking out seven.
After Campbell ripped an RBI double to force a 1-1 tie in the second inning of game two, the Eagles took the lead for good with a two-run third inning. Eureka freshman starting pitcher Karson Gragert (Georgetown, Ill./Georgetown-Ridge Farm H.S.) retired the first two batters of the inning, but back-to-back two-out singles set the stage for a two-run double from Gramley for a 3-1 lead.
The RMU lead eventually swelled to 7-1 before Jesse pulled a sacrifice fly into foul territory to score Stewart in the sixth. The rally wasn’t enough to overcome RMU’s 14-hit outburst, as the Eagles coasted to the 8-2 win.
Stewart and senior center fielder Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central) picked up three hits apiece in the nightcap. Gragert took the loss, yielding six earned runs over 5.0 innings.
The Red Devils will bring the 2012 season to a close Saturday in a noon non-conference doubleheader against Franklin in Franklin, Ind.
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