Softball pulls off legendary “perfect week”

Spartan women have won seven straight

David Hoffman, Staff Reporter

The Spartans softball team has recently enjoyed a dominant stretch, simply overpowering one opponent after another. After a perfect week, with the team winning all six of their contests, they have now won seven straight games and nine of their last 10. Their record for the season sits at a sublime 19-9 thanks to their hot streak.

The Spartans began the week with a doubleheader against the University of Mount Union. They wasted no time in the first game, plating three runs in each of the first two innings to jump out to a quick 6-1 lead. Pitcher Annie Wennerberg took it from there, surrendering one run in four innings to earn the victory. Rebecca Molnar pitched the final three innings to earn her first save of the season. Wennerberg and Molnar combined for nine strikeouts in the easy 8-1 victory. In the second game, Mount Union actually struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second. The Spartans stormed back with four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a three-run double off the bat of Rebecca Taylor, and never looked back, ultimately winning the game 6-3 to complete a sweep.

After withstanding some interference from Mother Nature, the Spartans finally opened their home schedule this past weekend. Their first opponent at Mather Field would be the College of Wooster, on what wound up being a historic day. The Spartans quickly jumped all over Wooster, building up an 11-0 lead after just two innings of play. Amidst the carnage, shortstop Makenzie Lein broke the school record for most runs scored in a collegiate career when she scored for the 114th time as a Spartan; it was previously held by Carla Kinyon.

The team ultimately won the game 14-6, with Wooster forfeiting in the fifth inning. Most impressively, Lein was one of three Spartan players to record four RBIs in the game. The Spartans took a little longer to erupt in the second game, trailing 1-0 until the fourth inning, when they plated eight runs. Rebecca Molnar allowed Wooster just one run, and an unearned run at that, on two hits, as the Fighting Scots once again forfeited early to give the Spartans another doubleheader sweep.

Coming off a dominating sweep of Wooster, the Spartans stuck around at Mather Field to host Thiel College. Game one of the doubleheader saw a change of pace from the Spartans’ offense, as they gradually pulled away instead of staging one big inning. The day ultimately belonged to Wennerberg, who pitched a complete game shutout and launched a two-run home run at the plate to help her own cause. A three-run homer by right fielder Kristen Klemmer in the sixth iced the game, as the Spartans went on to win 7-0. The second game was more of the same, with the team scoring little-by-little to ultimately pull away from Thiel. A tandem of Rebeccas, Molnar and Taylor, combined on a three-hit shutout as Thiel forfeited in the sixth inning to give the Spartans an 8-0 victory. They not only swept the doubleheader, but held them scoreless for 13 innings in the process.
The Spartans will look to continue their hot streak on Saturday, when they hit the road to Denison University. Additionally, Lein will be looking to extend her school record for runs scored.