CLERMONT, Fla. – The Calvin women's softball team went 1-1 on Thursday afternoon as it fell to Bowdoin 7-4 and defeated Allegheny 4-3.
Bowdoin 7, Calvin 4
Calvin led 3-2 after four innings but Bowdoin scored four runs in the top of the fifth – three of which were unearned – to take the lead and eventually the game.
Senior Maddie DeGroot (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) helped stake Calvin to a lead with an RBI single in the third. She also belted a run-scoring single in the sixth and finished with three hits on the afternoon.
Bowdoin belted three solo home runs in the game.
Sophomore Ellie Borst (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) took the loss in the circle for the Knights.
Calvin 4, Allegheny 3
Both teams came out battling as neither were able to get on the board through the first four innings.
Calvin struck first as freshman Hannah Biddlecome (Portage, Mich. / Portage Northern) launched a triple to center field to bring in junior Hannah Horvath (Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia/ Lansing CC). Biddlecome then scored on a passed ball and Calvin took the 2-0 lead.
The Gators recorded two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game up at 2-2.
In the top of the sixth, senior Kristen Newman (Chelsea, Mich. / Chelsea) reached the base on a fielder's choice and Kayla Groen (Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln Way East) ran home as Calvin took back the lead.
Also, in the sixth inning, senior Maddie DeGroot (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) hit a single to shortstop to bring Newman home as the Knights lead 4-2 as the top of the sixth inning closed out.
Allegheny found one more opportunity to earn a base in the bottom of the sixth to trail by one.
With the seventh inning underway, neither team was able to connect with home plate and Calvin walked away with the 4-3 victory.
With four base hits on the day, Maddie DeGroot became Calvin's career leader in base hits, boosting her career total to 171. The previous school record was 167.
Sophomore pitcher Bri Leegwater (Zeeland, Mich. / Holland Christian) picked up her third win of the season in the circle as she had seven strikeouts and walked only three runners.
COACHES QUOTE: Becky Hilgert stated, "Good to finish the day with a win and get us back on track. I felt we had one inning against Bowdoin where defensively there were two tough defensive plays back to back which didn't go our way and as a result, really game them an opportunity to extend the lead. Ellie fought hard, but offensively we just came up short in our execution. In the second game, Bri really led us with her energy in the circle and we were able to grind out enough runs to come out on top."
NEXT UP: The Knights finish their spring break play on Friday against Wis.- Whitewater at 11:15 a.m. followed by Wis.-Stout at 1:30 p.m.