Gustavus softball pitchers Betsie Collins and Erin Truebenbach held Carleton to four hits in two games as the Gusties defeated the Knights 3-0 and 16-0 in St. Peter on Sunday afternoon. Collins struck out 11 batters and gave up one hit in the top of the seventh inning for her fourth straight win in game one, while Truebenbach struck seven and allowed three hits in game two.
The Gusties got on the scoreboard in the second inning when Emily Wendorff continued her hot streak with a RBI-single, driving in Emily Klein from second base. Gustavus put another run on the board during the inning when Leigh Weber scored after a Carleton error. Rachael Click led off the sixth inning with a double to the gap in left center field, and scored the third run of the game for the Gusties when Amy Lynch delivered a two-out single.
Three runs were enough for Betsie Collins, who had a perfect game heading into the seventh inning when Lisa Friedman broke it up with a lead-off single. Collins recorded her second 11-strikeout performance of the week to go along with one hit and zero walks.
In game two, the Gustavus bats came alive as Coach Annis’ squad scored 10 runs on eight hits in the first inning. With the bases loaded and a 5-0 lead, Julie Mahre extended the Gusties’ lead with a three-RBI double. Mahre’s double was the 200th hit of her career, as she joined Audrey Lenoch as the only other softball player in program history to record 200 hits. Gustavus scored two more runs before the inning was over for a 10-0 lead.
Carleton was unable to gain any momentum until the top of the fifth inning when singles by Emily Maland and Michael Johnson and a hit batter loaded the bases with zero outs. Erin Truebenbach squashed the threat as she forced the next batter to pop out to first base, then recorded her sixth and seventh strikeouts of the game. Emily Wendorff finished game two with a 2-for-2 performance and three RBI, while Jessie Pelzel went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.
The Gusties, who improved to 22-6 overall and 12-4 in the MIAC, will continue its homestand on Wednesday against Concordia at 4 p.m. in St. Peter. Gustavus will also host sixth-ranked Wartburg on Thursday at 3 p.m.