March 22, 2014
It was home sweet home for the MacMurray College softball team as they picked up their first wins of the early season and swept Milwaukee School of Engineering Saturday afternoon at Palmer Field. Head Coach Lexy Determan notched career wins #1 and #2 and the Highlanders improved to 2-3 overall after the home-opening doubleheader.
Freshman pitcher Michala Swanger struck out five in 3-2 win in the first game. Swanger scattered nine hits and walked two in a complete game performance. The Highlanders scored all three of their runs with two outs in the third inning. Breezy Walton singled in a run and Daerial DeGroot added a two-run single.
Tiffany Hazelwonder had two outfield assists that ended two Raider rallies. She threw out a runner at the plate in the first inning and converted a double-play later in the game.
Sophomore Kendyl Cummins scattered six hits and struck out three in a 7-1 Highlander win in the nightcap. Mackenzie Hocker got the offense started with a two-run double in the first inning. Jenalee Stine made it a 3-0 lead with a solo home run to right-centerfield in the bottom of the second.
Other hitting highlights for MacMurray included a two-run double by catcher Grace Bjornbak; Mika Morgan's 2-2 performance with two runs scored; and Breezy Walton went 2-4 and also scored two runs.
With Saturday's sweep, the Highlanders improve to 2-3 overall; while Milwaukee School of Engineering drops to 6-4. Coach Lexy Determan's team with be at Robert Morris University-Springfield on Monday for a non-league doubleheader.