Franklin College senior Chase Steinbrunner singled home freshman Nick Brems in the ninth inning to complete a doubleheader sweep of visiting Transylvania University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play Saturday.
The Grizzlies (7-9, 2-1 HCAC) won two of the three games to begin league play. Franklin won the first contest 10-0 behind a three-hit shutout and 10 strikeouts from sophomore Christian Sullivan. Franklin capped the Saturday sweep with a hard-fought 6-5 triumph in the second game.
Softball splits with MSJ
The host Franklin College softball team earned a doubleheader split against Mount St. Joseph University to begin HCAC play Saturday.
The Grizzlies won the second game 10-2 in five innings after MSJ picked up a 4-2 triumph in eight innings during the opener.
Franklin (10-6, 1-1 HCAC) scored three runs in the first inning before plating five runs in the second inning. Junior Baylea Suiters drove in the first two runs of the second inning on a double. She later scored on single from sophomore Grace Paszek to give the Grizzlies a 6-0 lead. Junior Jasmine Hanna capped the big second inning with a two-run double.
An inning later, junior Megan Lalioff connected on a run-scoring single to put the Grizzlies ahead 9-1. She later scored on a single from Paszek.
Paszek led the offensive attack with three runs batted in and two hits. Lalioff scored three runs from the top of the batting lineup. Suiters and Hanna each added two RBI in the victory.
Senior pitcher Bri McClellan allowed one run in picking up her second victory of the season.
OT goal lifts women’s lacrosse team
Junior Lexi Ingram found the back of the net in overtime to propel the women’s lacrosse to an 11-10 road victory at Thiel College on Saturday afternoon in Ohio River Women’s Lacrosse Conference play.
The Grizzlies (4-2, 2-0 ORWLC) earned two road conference victories to begin the conference schedule. Franklin defeated Hanover College 11-10 on Tuesday.
In the second half, Thiel cut the deficit to 8-7 on a goal by Courtney Fatta with 25 minutes left. Franklin responded with back-to-back goals by sophomore Cali Wetli and Grow to hold a 10-7 lead with 21:30 remaining.
Thiel mounted a rally behind three straight goals to square the contest. A goal by Thiel’s Jennifer Rickens at the 1:30 mark forced the overtime period.
Ingram then scored an unassisted goal 30 seconds into overtime for the game-winning goal.
Junior Hannah Grow led the Franklin offensive attack with four goals and one assist. Ingram tallied three goals on five shots. Clark added two goals and winning four draws.
Men’s golf team wins invitational
The men’s golf team won its second tournament of the season after taking top honors at the 10-team Rose-Hulman Invitational on Saturday.
Sophomore Sam Godby tied for second place with a 149 score over the 36-hole event. Junior Jack Knue added a fifth-place finish with a 151 score.
Franklin recorded a 610 composite score, highlighted by a 301 effort during Friday’s first round. The team shot a 309 during the final 18 holes on Saturday at Hulman Links Golf Course.