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04.02.13 | W Softball

'Cats Split at Benedictine

Mallorie Nelson and the Wildcats are now 5-1 in the HAAC Mallorie Nelson and the Wildcats are now 5-1 in the HAAC

ATCHISON, Kan. – The Baker University softball team picked up its first Heart of America Athletic Conference loss of the season on Tuesday afternoon in a two-game split at Benedictine College.

The Wildcats won game one, 5-4, then dropped game two, 3-1, to bring its overall record to 13-7 and 5-1 in the HAAC.

With the split, the Ravens improved to 14-10 and 1-1 in the HAAC. Baker will return to the field this Saturday, Apr. 6 at Peru State.

In game one, current NAIA National Pitcher of the Week Erin Greenwood picked up the win for Baker with her seven innings of work, giving up four earned runs and striking out 10 Ravens.

She also went 1-for-2 from the plate with two walks. As a team, Baker had 10 hits, with Tara Chumley leading the way, going 3-for-3.

Baker jumped all over BC early, with a 5-0 lead, but the Ravens didn't go down without a fight, scoring two runs in the fifth and put the pressure on Greenwood with two runs in the seventh.

In that bottom of the seventh inning, Melani Braun began the inning by being hit with a Greenwood pitch and then stole second base.

Briana Rombach then singled, Jenna Fitzpatrick then hit into a fielders choice and Megan Eldridge then came up and double to left field scoring Braun. Ashley Dobbie followed that up with a ground out that scored Fitzpatrick.

Clinging to a one run lead, Greenwood then struck out Allison McCormick looking, to capture the win.

In game two, Baker managed just four hits, with Mallorie Nelson going 2-for-3, Summer Kelley went 1-for-3 and Chumley picked up her fourth hit of the day.

Brooke Plummer got the start in game two but only lasted five batters, giving up three earned runs and four hits.

Nelson then came in relief and threw 5.2 scoreless innings and kept the Wildcats in the ballgame throughout, but the 'Cats only managed one run in the top of the seventh inning on a Kelley double that scored Greenwood.

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