Terre Haute, Ind. – The Transylvania softball team completed a perfect weekend of road play against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opposition by sweeping the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers 4-0 and 7-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Rose-Hulman Softball Field.
The Pioneers followed up a Friday sweep at Hanover by dismantling Rose-Hulman in two efficient contests on Saturday to wrap up a 4-0 weekend in the HCAC.
The Pioneers improved to 20-4 on the season and 6-0 in the HCAC ledger. Rose-Hulman fell to 5-11 overall and 0-4 in their HCAC schedule.
With the wins, the Pioneers achieved their first double-digit winning streak of the season in winning their ninth and 10th consecutive games on Saturday.
Saturday's pitching remained superb for the Pioneers as senior pitcher Renae Morton cruised to her 11th win of the season in a complete-game victory in game one, unleashing seven strikeouts to replicate her total on Friday against Hanover in game one. Freshman Jessica Gunter then matched Morton in the latter game on Saturday, going the distance for her third win of the season to improve her pitching record to 3-0.
Gunter allowed just one earned run on three hits in seven innings of work and got a lift from the Pioneers offense, who outhit the Engineers 13-3 in game two.
In game one, the Pioneers put up one run in the second inning and two more in the third inning to climb ahead to a comfortable 3-0 lead. Junior infielder Shelby Gambrell sparked the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly RBI while junior infielder Brittany Mumford and sophomore catcher Janelle Hynes each delivered RBI base hits in the following inning to put the Pioneers in control.
Transy collected seven hits to Rose-Hulman's four in the first game with Powell enjoying a 2-for-3 game at the plate.
In game two, the Pioneers pounced on the Engineers with a five-run second inning to put the game out of reach early. Sophomore designated player Sydney Motell began a marvelous game two with a lead-off hit by pitch, and junior outfielder Shelbi Poehlein followed with a double to put two runners on.
Senior outfielder Destiny Garcia drove in the first run of the game and Gambrell scored Poehlein on a sacrifice bunt to put the Pioneers ahead, 2-0. With two outs, the Pioneers piled on the scoring, using an RBI double from Wittry to score Mumford for the third run of the inning. Junior infielder Meg Liter then delivered an RBI base hit to score Wittry to put the Pioneers up by four, and Powell finished off the scoring with a single into center field that scored Liter for the 5-0 advantage.
Saturday's second game marked the first complete-game victory of Gunter's career.
Motell provided three of Transy's 13 hits in game two with a 3-for-3 game at the plate, reaching base in all of her plate appearances. Poehlein powered a 3-for-4 game at bat, while Gambrell had two of the Pioneers' seven RBI.
The Pioneers are back in action at home on Tuesday, March 9 as they host HCAC member Franklin College at Hall Field. The conference doubleheader is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.
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