No. 20 CMU Softball Takes Two From LU-Belleville
BELLEVILLE, IL - Michele Rupard's first career homerun highlighted two victories claimed by the 20th-ranked Central Methodist softball team against Lindenwood-Belleville on Tuesday night. The Eagles (15-10), who are riding a four-game winning streak, won the first game 2-1 in eight innings and the second contest 4-2.
Belleville took a 1-0 lead in the first game in the bottom of the second inning before Central Methodist mounted its rally beginning in the top of the seventh.
Shelby Pohlman walked and later scored when Kayla Yount drew a walk with the bases loaded. The Eagles scored the game-winning in the next frame when Bri Ford led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to score Kelsey Johnley from second base.
Aubrey Utley (8-5) pitched a complete game for the victory. She allowed only one earned run on four hits and struck out six.
Ally Lumsden suffered the loss for the Lady Lynx. She threw two innings of relief, allowing one run, none earned, on one hit.
In game two, each team traded runs in the first inning. Rupard laced a RBI double that scored Pohlman. In the top of the second, the Eagles took a 3-1 advantage when Rupard belted a two-run homer.
The home team cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the third before Central Methodist added an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning. A Yount RBI double plated Rupard for the final margin.
Ford (5-2) earned the win in the second contest after pitching five innings and giving up only two earned runs on four hits while fanning five. Marjorie Lusby picked up the save with two innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.
Kristen DeGraff was tagged with the loss. She surrendered four earned runs on eight hits in five innings in the circle.