The Gustavus softball team finished off its Spring Break trip in fine fashion Wednesday with wins over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (7-0) and UW-Whitewater (7-1) at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Cape Coral, Florida.
Gustavus Adolphus 7, Mass. Institute of Technology 0
The Gusties scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back against MIT. Julie Mahre (So., White Bear Lake, Minn.) led Gustavus offensively, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run in the second inning. She also scored a pair of runs. Mary Furlong (Sr., Mound, Minn.) was a perfect 2-for-2 during the game, scoring two runs.
Emily Klein (Fy., Red Wing, Minn.) failed to record a hit against the Engineers but was credited with a pair of rbi. The first came in the opening frame when she was pegged by a pitch with the bases loaded. The second came on a ground-out in the seventh, which scored Tina Strauss (Jr., Red Wing, Minn.). Strauss had reached base on a triple in her only at-bat of the game.
Bree Lindenberg pitched five innings of three-hit ball to get the win. The first-year from Faribault struck out two while walking one. Sarah Manke (Fy., Roseville, Minn.) pitched two innings in relief, striking out a pair.
Gustavus Adolphus 7, UW-Whitewater 1
UW-Whitewater held Gustavus scoreless for three innings before the Gusties posted two runs in the fourth inning, three more in the fifth and another pair in the sixth en route to a 7-1 victory.
Four Gusties posted multiple-hit games against the Warhawks, led by senior Audrey Lenoch (Sr., Pine Island, Minn.), who hit a pair of home runs and finished the day 2-for-4 from the plate. Lenoch boosted her career total to 15 and moved into first place on the Gustavus career home run list.
Furlong and Klein also finished 2-for-4 on the day, while Dawn Lewis (So., Minnetonka, Minn.) finished 2-for-3. Strauss picked up an extra-base hit for the Gusties, an rbi double in the fourth.
Joyce DeWitz (Jr., Good Thunder, Minn.) pitched a complete-game six-hitter, allowing an earned run.
The Gusties, 6-4 overall, have won six in a row and are scheduled to open the MIAC schedule Saturday, April 1 with a doubleheader at Augsburg.