Robbins Breaks Career Wins Record as Trojans Sweep SAU
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The TU softball team secured its third-straight season-series sweep with a pair of wins at Spring Arbor on Friday afternoon and senior Hannah Robbins notched her 53rd-career victory inside the circle, setting a new program mark.
TU took the first game, 2-0, with both runs coming in the fourth inning. Back-to-back doubles by Hannah Castor and Davis Carter scored Castor, and Carter later came around to score on Alex Lovelace’s single for the two Trojan runs of the contest.
Courtney Moriarty (11-6) tossed a two-hit shutout in the circle to secure the 2-0 victory for Taylor.
The offense was led by Lovelace’s 2-4 outing and an RBI, while Carter and Cassie Kuizin each produced a hit and scored a run and Carter also drove in a run.
The Trojans wasted no time putting runs on the board in game two, as the Purple and Gold tallied three in the first half-inning. After Lovelace was put out on a bunt attempt to lead off the inning, Anna Gunderson doubled, Kuizin drew a walk and Castor doubled to bring home Gunderson and give TU a 1-0 lead. Carter followed Castor’s double with yet another two-bagger, scoring Kuizin and Castor for a 3-0 Taylor lead after one frame.
Spring Arbor cracked the scoreboard for the first time all day in the bottom of the third, as the hosts put up two runs to cut the lead to 3-2.
TU responded emphatically in the fourth stanza, as freshman Erin Cozad led off the inning with a solo home run over the left-field fence on the third pitch she saw in the at-bat. On the very next pitch, Lovelace belted a dinger of her own, putting the Trojans in front, 5-2. Kuizin scored later on a Cougar error to tack on another run to the total.
The Trojans then opened the sixth with three consecutive singles, with the third one by Carter scoring Kuizin. Moriarty then doubled to bring home another run, before Lauren Ehle followed with a three-run blast, making it an 11-2 ballgame. A 1-2-3 home-half ended the game early due to run-rule for the team’s seventh-straight win.
Robbins (16-3) pitched four innings in the circle to earn the record-breaking win for the Purple and Gold in game two.
Kuizin highlighted Taylor’s success at the plate, going 3-4 with three runs scored, while Gunderson, Castor, Carter and Moriarty each collected two hits apiece in the Trojan lineup.
RV Taylor was originally scheduled to host Grace for the final two games of the regular season on Saturday, but both games have been cancelled and no make-up date has been determined. If the games are not rescheduled, the Trojans’ next contest will be on Wednesday in the first day of the Crossroads League Tournament at Gudakunst Field. Please stay tuned for schedule announcements.