CLERMONT, Fla. – The Fire were able to manufacture four runs in game one of Tuesday’s twinbill to solidify a 4-1 victory over the Cougars. Contrary to game one, the Fire were unable produce any run support and suffered a 3-0 loss to the Cougars. Southeastern has now split three of its five doubleheaders this season.
Cleary’s Jordan Schneider captured the first run of the contest with a home run over the left field fence. During the ensuing innings, the bats were held silent until the Fire broke through in the fourth.
Ramsey Sullivan began the forth with a single to right center. Savvy base running allowed the freshman to advance into scoring position for Brittney Robinson. Robinson doubled down the left field line scoring Sullivan and tying the ballgame up at one.
The contagious hitting continued when Kiah Ferrell singled. Lauren Watters, Natalie Hughes, and Haleigh Harrell all contributed RBIs in key situational plate appearances.
Hannah Bodenhorn shut the Cougars down in the final three frames to secure the Fire their tenth victory of the season. Bodenhorn dealt a complete game while striking out ten in the process.
The third inning of game two plagued the Fire as the Cougars posted three runs on two hits. Although the Fire matched the Cougars’ hit total for the game, Southeastern was unable to deliver the clutch RBI hit.
“We passed up on a lot of opportunities with runners in scoring position today,” expressed head coach Anna Welsh.
Southeastern’s best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the 4th when Brandee Pietrzak led off with a double to deep left field. The Fire proceeded to load the bases but could not score. Collectively, the Fire left ten base runners stranded in the game.
Sam Holcomb, the native of Niceville, Fla., reached base safely in every at bat and collected two hits. Harrell, Pietrzak, and Hughes combined for the remaining three Southeastern hits.
The Fire will take to the diamond on Friday when they battle Spring Arbor University at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.