LOVES PARK, Ill. – Marian University softball (5-3, 0-0 NACC) defeated Rockford 17-5 in game one but settled for a split falling in the finale 14-6 in six innings.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Marian managed to put four runs on the scoreboard in the top of the third highlighted by a two-run home run from senior Peyton Loesch. Rockford managed to plate a run in the bottom half of the inning before the Sabres scored 13 runs in the final three innings.
A two-RBI double from sophomore Julia Corona highlighted a five-run fifth that put the Sabres ahead 9-1. The Regents would score four runs in the bottom half, however, to keep the game alive. Corona was able to drive in another run in the sixth before Marian closed the game with six runs in the seventh. Sophomore Andrea Miller drove in a pair of runs with a single in the inning.
Senior Paige Rauhut (3-1) went the distance allowing just one earned run with eight punch outs to earn the victory. Senior Alexa Rodriguez along with fellow senior Katy Croeker and Loesch had three hits with Loesch scoring four times and driving in a pair. Corona finished with a pair of runs scored and four driven in as well.
The slugfest continued in the first inning of game two as Marian opened the game with five runs in their first at-bats. A double from Miller plated a pair of runs once again to highlight the crooked inning. Rockford quickly responded, however, plating six runs for their first lead of the day.
Rockford would figure out the Marian offense, unfortunately, and the Regents were able to plate two runs in the second and four more in the third. A single from senior Jade Mardjetko plated a run in the fifth to close the Marian scoring before Rockford invoked the mercy rule in the sixth.
All games against NACC South opponents are considered non-conference for this season.
Marian takes on UW-Oshkosh in their home opener tomorrow, Monday, March 22, for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.