One concern the Hillsdale College softball team has had through the first part of its trip through Florida was its offensive production. However, after generating 21 hits in a Tuesday night doubleheader, that concern could be turning into a strength.
The Charger bats were hot in a doubleheader split with Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Hillsdale won game one 6-2 before dropping game two 5-2. The split leaves the Chargers with a 4-9 record on the season.
Amanda Marra and Madison Stoner each came up with some timely hits in the first game to pave the way to victory. Marra had a two-run single in the third to put her team ahead for good. Stoner stepped up with a bases loaded, two-out single that scored two key insurance runs in the seventh inning to give winning pitcher Natalie Walters a comfortable cushion to work with.
Walters pitched 2.1 innings in getting the win in relief. She struck out three and didn't walk anyone in an effective performance. She finished up a strong start by freshman pitcher Camryn Olson, who went 4.2 innings with two strikeouts and just two runs allowed.
Game two saw the Chargers bang out 13 hits, outhitting the Moccasins 13-7. However, Hillsdale committed four errors in the field, a difficult aspect to overcome against a talented team.
Anna Dixon and Johnson played well in the nightcap, each going 2-for-3 with a run scored while Stepanenko had another multi-hit game. Jessica Taylor and Natalie Walters each went 2-for-4 for Hillsdale in game two. Pitchers Dana Weidinger and Walters allowed no earned runs in the loss.
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