CLERMONT, Fla. – Marian University softball (6-2, 0-0 NACC) stayed unbeaten on their spring break trip defeating Geneva 3-2 in 11 innings and Delaware Valley 6-1.
The opener of the day saw pitching and defense dominate but the Sabres were able to take care of business in extras. A solo home run for the Golden Tornadoes opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning before the Sabres struck back in the fifth. Senior Taylor Lauscher doubled to left-center scoring junior Jade Mardjetko to tie the game at 1-1.
Both squads were able to plate a run in the ninth inning via the sacrifice fly with freshman Izzy Gonzalez driving in freshman Kaley Ludvigsen. Then in the 11th, Gonzalez was able to come up with a clutch two-out single to bring in freshman Andrea Miller and win the game after Geneva had intentionally walked junior Peyton Loesch.
Senior Paige Rauhut (4-1) was lights out again for the Sabres tossing all 11.0 innings only allowing five hits and one earned run. Rauhut would strike out 17 hitters, the second-best single-game performance in program history.
Marian had a strong start to game two and cruised to a win in large part to another strong pitching performance. Freshman Julia Corona started the game with a bang hitting her third home run, a three-run shot, in the first inning. The Aggies would score once in the bottom half of the frame but were held scoreless the remainder of the game.
Junior Kenzie Waechter responded with a two-run home run in the second inning to put the Sabres ahead 5-1. Loesch got in on the long-ball action with a solo shot in the third inning that closed out the scoring for the game.
Loesch had the lone multi-hit game for the Sabres going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Freshman Emalee Depa (2-1) had arguably her best performance of her young career tossing a complete game allowing just one unearned run and striking out four.
Marian takes a day off before taking on Renssalaer and Susquehanna Wednesday, March 11.