ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Mount Union softball team split against Baldwin Wallace (6-7, 2-2 OAC) in an OAC doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
In game one, the Purple Raiders (8-12, 1-3 OAC) were led by RBIs from Emily Hume (Minerva/Minerva) and Brooklyn Hellman (Canton/Jackson) in the bottom of the second inning and then Maggie Dominick (Dennison/Tuscarawas Central Catholic) scored on a throwing error by BW's right fielder in the bottom of the fifth.
Mount Union was able to tally 10 hits compared to BW's six, but would only score three runs in the 3-2 victory.
With a strong start to game two, the Raiders led 3-0 after a sac-fly from Morgan Riley (Charleroi, Pa./Charleroi) in the bottom of the first scoring Brittany Baitt (Painesville/Riverside) and then a two-run homer to left field by Cheyenne Miller (Salem/West Branch).
A wild sixth inning for BW gave them the lead at 6-3 as they scored six runs on five hits.
In need of runs, lead-off batter Allie Goldy (Painesville/Riverside) hit a single hard up the middle, then Dominick reached on fielder's choice and Goldy remained safe at second base as BW was unable to make the play. With no outs, Maddie Pidgeon (Salem/West Branch) knocked one out of the park for her first career homerun to tie the game 6-6.
Unable to keep the momentum going, the Raiders' next series of batters went three-up-three-down.
In the top of the seventh, BW had one runner on and one out when Mackenzie Milligan's RBI double to center field scored the winning run at 7-6 with Mount Union unable to score in the bottom half of the ining.
Both games saw Hannah Reusser (Minerva/Minerva) with back-to-back starts in the circle. Reusser received the win in game one in seven innings pitched, with three strikeouts while giving up two runs on six hits as she improves to 6-5 on the year.
In game two, Reusser threw 5.2 innings while allowing six runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two batters walked before being relieved by Jenna Liles (Sterling/Norwayne). Liles (1-2) would receive the loss as she pitched 1.2 innings, while giving up one run on two hits and two batters walked.
Mount Union will stay home as they next host Case Western Reserve in a non-conference make-up game on Tuesday, April 3 at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.