Softball sweeps Westminster in SLIAC Game of the Week

Softball sweeps Westminster in SLIAC Game of the Week

St. Louis, Mo. - Fontbonnne University softball found themselves behind headed into the bottom of the seventh inning, but pulled out the win of game one of tonight's doubleheader against Westminster College. The Griffins then swept the Blue Jays with a 4-3 victory in game two of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game of the week. Fontbonne is now 8-10 overall and 6-0 in the SLIAC, the only team with an undefeated conference record. 

Fontbonne's Courtney Kedroski openthe the first inning with a triple and scored on a dropped fly ball by Westminster second baseman. The Blue Jays took a 3-1 lead in the ensuing inning. 

Westminster pitcher Alyson Hahn walked Sarah Kitchen to lead off the bottom half of the second inning but then struck out each of the next three Griffins swinging. After Kedroski tripled for the second time, she scored on Emelia Modglin's single to right field to pull the Griffins within one run. Kedroski then sac-flied to left which scored Emily McNiff to tie the game in the fifth. 

Westminster tallied two runs in the top of the seventh but the Griffins weren't finished. McNiff reached first base to lead off the seventh on a fielding error by Josie Cotter at third base who then also committed a throwing error which allowed McNiff to go to second. Throwing woes continued for Westminster after Maddie Cooksey flew out to the right fielder whose throwing error to third allowed McNiff to score. 

With one out, Kedroski walked  and then scored when Modglin doubled to right center. With the game tied and two out, Alleigh Kruse kept the Griffins undefeated as her walk-off double to left center scored the Modglin for the win. 

Hahn struck out 11 Griffins during the first game but the Griffins mustered eight hits in their win while Westminster recorded 12 hits. 

Game Two

Kedroski homered to left center in the bottom of the first to give the Griffins a 2-0 lead. After three scoreless innings, Fontbonne added another unearned goal. Kruse reached base on another Westminster error. After Kruse stole second, Modglin scored when no one was covering the throw to second base.

Westminster finally got on the scoreboard when they scored three runs on three hits and a walk as Diamond Thomas struggled in the circle for the Griffins. 

Maddy Strickland won game one for Fontbonne and then came into the game for Thomas in the sixth to end the inning on a groundout. 

Thomas reached base on a walk with two outs and stole second in the sixth. McNiff then gave Fontbonne the advantage when she recorded the game-winning RBI on a single up the middle which stole Thomas. 

Strickland sent Westminster packing 1-2-3 to end the game. 

On the Night

Kedroski scored four runs on the night as she went three-for-six with a walk and three RBI. 

Modglin stole three bases while McNiff and Kruse each tallied two and Thomas one stolen base. Kruse doubled twice while Kedroski tripled twice and hit a two-run home run. 

Strickland struck out five batters in game one as she pitched the complete-game victory. She is now 6-6 on the year.