Statesmen Bounce Back in Game Two to Earn Split Against Mount Mercy

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Cedar Rapids–The Statesmen softball team bounced back after a tough game one of Thursday’s doubleheader to grab game two and settle for a split of its Heart of America Athletic Conference showdown against Mount Mercy.

WPU (8-12, 2-2 Heart) dropped the opener 9-0, but claimed the second game 2-1.

 

Chyanne Koko (Sr., Waianae, Hawaii, Physical Education) got the start in the circle for game one but allowed six runs to score in her only inning of work. Only one of those runs was earned. The Statesmen bats were unable to keep up with the Mustangs’ as they were only able to scatter three hits across the five innings.

Katie Springer (Jr., Riverside, Iowa, Undecided) set the tone for the Statesmen in game two as the junior went the distance allowing only one run on six hits while recording one strikeout and one walk.

William Penn outhit the Mustangs in game two 7-6.

The Statesmen took the advantage in the top half of the second inning by scoring two runs on three hits. Lexi Resa (Fr., Liberty, Mo., Biology) started the inning with a single to left but was erased on the fielder’s choice by Roxanna Jensen (Sr., Coto De Caza, Calif., Psychology). With two outs in the inning, Nicole Flatley (Jr., Santa Maria, Calif., Psychology) doubled to right-center field to bring around Jensen to score. Savannah Fleming (Jr., Gooding, Idaho, Exercise Science) then proceeded to single up the middle to score Flatley, giving the Statesmen the two-run lead.

That proved to be all the support that Springer needed. The only time the junior was in trouble was in the bottom half of the second inning as the Mustangs plated a run on three hits while leaving the bases loaded. Springer and the Statesmen defense were able to retire the final six batters they faced to secure the win.

Koko and Resa each finished the game 2-3, Fleming finished 1-3 with an RBI, Flatley also went 1-3 with an RBI but added a run-scored as well. WPU did commit two errors but MMU was unable to take advantage.

Next Up: William Penn hosts rival Grand View for a doubleheader on Saturday at 4 p.m.

 

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