Oles bounce back, earn softball split against Saint Benedict
April 26, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn. After dropping a hard fought game one 6-3 in eight innings to the College of Saint Benedict, St. Olaf rebounded to win game two 6-2, picking up a split in the MIAC doubleheader on Friday afternoon.
Game One: Saint Benedict 6, St. Olaf 3
Eighth inning RBIs by Hannah Nelson, Nicole Nelson, and Kimberly Lindstone, aided by two fielding errors by St. Olaf, propelled Saint Benedict to the game one victory in extra innings.
The game was knotted 2-2 into the seventh, when the teams traded runs to push the game into extra innings.
The Blazers got on the scoreboard first when a fourth inning double by Emma Steck brought in a run. Saint Benedict scored again in the fifth which set up a Mackenzie Wolter double which tied the game up at two.
Wolter finished 2-for-4. Mironov and Sara Lind each also recorded two hits for the Oles.
Game Two: St. Olaf 6, Saint Benedict 2
A double by Haley Schreier gave St. Olaf a 2-0 lead in the first inning, setting the tone for a rebound victory in game two, by a score of 6-2.
Saint Benedict tied the game up at two with runs in the second and fifth innings, but a four run deluge in the bottom of the fifth gave the Oles all the scoring they needed to put away the Blazers.
The St. Olaf runs came courtesy of a Becca Walz double, and singles from Jessica Wilson and Natalie Mironov. Walz ended the game batting 2-for-4.
Danielle Collins was rock steady on the mound, pitching a complete seven innings while only allowing three hits, striking out five Blazers.
St. Olaf (7-13, 2-6 MIAC) visits cross-town rival Carleton College Saturday afternoon for a MIAC doubleheader. First pitch is at 1 p.m.