IU Southeast Softball 8, Grace 0
IU Southeast 2, Grace 0
Grace’s softball team dropped a pair of games at No. 24 IU Southeast on Friday.
The Lady Lancers fell 8-0 and 2-0 on the road while taking on their second NAIA ranked opponent of the young season.
Grace’s offense was quiet in the opening game. Jeri Ellis and Laikyn Lowe had the only hits of the game for the Lady Lancers.
The Grenadiers showed their power with five extra-base hits, including an inside-the-park home run on the first at-bat.
The Lady Lancers were unable to push across a run in the first five innings, allowing the Grenadiers to end the game early due with the run rule.
Ellis tossed the first three innings, and Ashley Beckler threw an inning of relief.
In the second game, Alexis Bergman started the game as a freshman. The hurler kept the Grenadiers in check, limiting them to two runs over the first three innings.
Dori Knight had a strong performance in relief. The senior gave up just two hits with a strikeout over the next three innings, refusing to allow the Grenadiers to score.
But Grace’s bats were again muted against the Grenadiers’ pitching. The Lady Lancers did not record a hit until the fifth inning, at which point Grace faced a 2-0 deficit.
Emily Revercomb singled with two outs in the fifth but was stranded with a popout.
In the sixth, Ellis singled to the outfield. But two straight fly balls left Ellis at first to end the inning.
Grace was unable to generate a baserunner in the seventh, settling for the 2-0 shutout.
Bergman and Knight combined to allow just two runs from the mound, walking nobody and giving up eight hits.
The Lady Lancers’ next scheduled game is the home opener on March 9 against Concordia. The home games at Coach Phil Dick Field will be the first home games since April 27, 2019, due to COVID-19.