ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union's softball team dropped a pair of games to Case Western Reserve (25-8, 10-6 UAA) in a non-conference doubleheader Monday afternoon at 23rd Street Field, falling to 13-21 overall and 6-10 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
In game one, there was no score through three innings. Case managed to get on the board in the top of the fourth with an RBI single to left field to make the score 1-0. In the bottom half of the inning, Morgan Riley (Charleroi, Pa./Charleroi) hit a solo home run to tie it up 1-1.
Case went on to score two more runs in the top of the fifth, advancing their lead to 3-1. There were no runs driven in for the remainder of the game, as Riley's hit would be the only hit for the Purple Raiders.
Starting pitcher Jenna Liles (Streling/Norwayne) would receive the loss, making her record 1-5 after five innings pitched while allowing three runs on nine hits. Jordan Tull (Brewster/Fairless) came in as relief and tossed two innings, giving up just one hit.
To start game two, Case drove in two runs while having two outs in the top of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead.
After a scoreless second and top of third inning, Mount Union was able to tally two runs on a groundout RBI by Emily Hume (Minerva/Minerva) to score Tull, and then a RBI single up the middle by Riley sent Jordan Kramer (Mentor/Mentor) home, tying the game at 2-2.
Four batters were faced in the fourth inning for both Case and Mount Union with zero runs scored. In the fifth, Case hit the ball hard to drive in five runs on six hits, on of them being a two-run homer to right-center field. After the first run scored to make it 3-2 with one out, starting pitcher Hannah Reusser (Minerva/Minerva) was relieved by Shelby Vansickle (Loudonville/Loudonville). The Mount Union defense was able to get two outs with no runners on, but could not close out the inning before Case tabbed four runs.
Entering the bottom of the fifth, Mount Union trailed 7-2. With two outs and runners on first and third, Brittany Baitt (Painesville/Riverside) and Riley were able to score by a combination of two wild pitches and a throwing error by the catcher, trimming the lead to 7-4.
The sixth inning did not see a runner cross home plate as the Raiders were able to shut down Case in the top of the seventh for a chance to rally.
After being walked, Kramer advanced to second on a sacrifice hit from Baitt. Hume then hit a hard double to left-center field, sending Kramer home to make the score 7-5. A sac-fly by Riley sent Hume to third, bringing up Cheyenne Miller (Salem/West Branch) for a chance to chalk up another run. Miller hit a popped up in the infield but forced Case's shortstop to make a play to end the inning and the game with the final score 7-5, in favor of Case.
From the circle, Reusser would receive the loss to fall to 8-9 on the year while allowing four runs on nine hits. Vansickle, in her eleventh appearance, gave up three runs on seven hits with a strikeout.
Mount Union will next hit the road for a non-conference doubleheader at Wooster on Thursday, April 26 starting at 3:30 p.m. before returning home for their final game of the season.