ROSEMONT, Ill. – In a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader battle, the Indiana University South Bend softball team was swept at Roosevelt on Saturday, April 17 during its six-game road stint in three days. The Titans drop to 10-17 overall while the Lakers improve to 24-9 this season.
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Game One: RU 3, IUSB 0
The Titans were held scoreless in the first game as freshman Olivia Zarantonello led the offense finishing 2-for-3 while Mackenzie Myars knocked the third and final hit for IU South Bend.
The Lakers got on the board in the first off three hits for two runs after the Titans gave up a leadoff center field single. Roosevelt broke through again in the fourth, scattering three hits for one run to take the 3-0 victory.
Zarantonello ripped a one-out single to third base in the top of the seventh but the Titans were retired in order.
Senior Becca Stevens tossed the complete game to suffer the setback, allowing seven hits, three runs and struck out three.
Game Two: RU 7, IUSB 6
IU South Bend out hit the Lakers in the night cap 10-7 but were unable to seal the victory and split the twin bill. Senior Savanna Schmitz and junior Brittney Johnstone each had double-digit hits as Schmitz finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored while Johnstone knocked 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
Seniors Nicole Grazioli and Shelby Baker led the Titans with two runs batted in during the second game. IUSB left eight runners on base compared to the Lakers who left six stranded.
IUSB evened the game at 3-3 with three runs in the top of the third frame. Johnstone struck a leadoff single to left and was eventually brought home off a Schmitz RBI double. Baker followed behind, ripping a two-run double to center field to get the Titans on the board.
The Lakers quickly responded with four runs in the fourth off four hits and a Titan error to push the lead to 7-3. The Titans cut the deficit in the fifth as Grazioli got things started with a two-run bomb to left field to make the score 7-5.
Johnstone knocked an RBI double down the left field line, following Grazioli but it just wasn’t enough as the Lakers kept the Titans off the board for the remainder of the final two innings.
In the circle, Aly Brickel tossed 3.2 innings allowing seven runs, seven hits and struck out two as the senior suffered the loss.
The Titans conclude their six-game road trip tomorrow at St. Ambrose for their third straight doubleheader day. First pitch in Davenport, Iowa against the Fighting Bees is slated for 2 p.m.