Softball: Raiders Split a Pair of Games on First Day in Florida

Brittany Baitt
Brittany Baitt

CLERMONT, Fla. – Mount Union's softball team split a pair of games on the first day of competition in Clermont, Florida.

Mount Union (1-1) was defeated by Franklin (Ind.), 11-4, in its first game of the season. The Purple Raiders then rallied from the loss to shutout St. Vincent (Pa.), 12-0, in a five innings.

Against Franklin (2-1), both teams did not score in the first three innings. Franklin then went on a five run streak in the top of the fourth. Mount Union led off the bottom half of the fourth with a base hit from Brittany Baitt (Painsville/Riverside) who later scored off a single from Logan Lehman(Orrville/Orrville).

The Raiders got two more runs on RBI hits from Lehman and Jessica Kennedy (Beach City/Fairless) in the fifth and sixth to close the gap to 5-3 but Franklin would blow the game open with a six-run seventh for the win. 

In the circle, Allie Scalli (Parma/Parma) took the loss as she allowed six runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.

Against St. Vincent, Erin Simmons (Field/Field) won her first game of the season as she threw a complete game, four-hit, and shutout of the Bearcats (1-1).

Simmons got plenty of help from the offense with 12 runs on 15 hits.  Lehman drove in four runs on three hits, Jessica Calhoun (Brunswick/Brunswick) had three RBI, Baitt went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs while Brooke Cox (Louisville/Louisville) drove in two runs to pace the offense.

Mount Union plays tomorrow against Catholic (D.C.) at 9:00 a.m. and Elizabethtown at 11:00 a.m.

Franklin 11, Mount Union 4 (Feb 28, 2016 at Clermont, Fla.)
Franklin............ 000 500 6 - 11 15  1
Mount Union......... 000 111 1 -  4  9  3
Pitchers: Franklin - Olivia Paszek and Taylor Johnson; Brittany Schaler. Mount Union - Scali;
Erin Simmons(7) and Cheyenne Miller.
Win-Olivia Paszek  Loss-Scali(0-1)  T-1:50  A-50
Weather: Sunny
Scali faced 1 batter in the 7th.

Mount Union 12, St. Vincent 0 (Feb 28, 2016 at Clermont, Fla.)
Mount Union......... 173 01 - 12 15  0      (1-1)
St. Vincent......... 000 00 -  0  4  3      (1-1)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Erin Simmons and Cheyenne Miller; Jenna Liles. St. Vincent -
Emily Duerr; Cassidy Uscilowski(3); Shelby Noel(5) and Jenna LoVasco.
Win-Erin Simmons(1-0)  Loss-Emily Duerr(0-1)  T-1hr 30  A-35
Weather: Sunny