KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Marian University softball (6-2, 0-0 NACC) defeated Western New England 8-4 before falling to Endicott 4-2 in their second day at the PFX Spring Games.
Marian rallied late to take the opening game of the day scoring five runs in the final three innings. The Sabres opened the scoring for the game with three runs in the second inning. Sophomore Alexa Rodriguez and junior Taylor Lauscher came around to score on a sacrifice bunt that was aided by a pair of errors before an RBI triple from junior Ally Fox plated senior Rachel Soch.
Western New England bounced back in the fourth using four-consecutive hits, two of which were doubles, to take a 4-3 advantage. The Sabres made sure the lead didn't last long as Lauscher drove in senior Lindsey Strainis half an inning later to tie the game.
Strainis then gave the Sabres the lead for good in the sixth with a two-RBI single that scored Fox and sophomore Kenzie Waechter. A clutch two-out single from Rodriguez padded the lead in the seventh, which was followed by another two-out single from sophomore Katy Croeker to set the final at 8-4.
Rodriguez once again paced the Marian offense going 2-3 with two runs scored and a run driven in. Junior Paige Rauhut tossed a complete game scattering five hits over 7.0 innings with seven punch outs.
Marian once again opened the scoring in the second game of the day but the offense was stymied the rest of the day falling to Endicott. Marian was able to open the third inning with a hit by pitch and three-consecutive singles with Strainis driving in Soch. A couple of batters later, sophomore Peyton Loesch reached on a fielder's choice but it allowed Fox to cross the plate and give Marian a 2-0 lead.
The Gulls responded in the next half inning, however, tying the game at 2-2. For the rest of the game, the Sabres would only manage to put one runner on base and a two-run sixth inning from Endicott proved to be the difference in the 4-2 defeat.
The Sabres only managed four hits from four different student-athletes in the game with Strainis being the lone hitter to reach base multiple times. In the circle, sophomore Myranda Schuttenhelm battled through to finish with a complete game.
Marian has a day off before taking on St. Norbert at 8:30 a.m. (CDT) and St. Joseph's (L.I.) at 11 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday, March 19.