Hendrix defeats Buena Vista, falls to No. 21 Whitewater

Hendrix Sports
Cody Usher, Sports Information Director

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Hendrix College softball team defeated Buena Vista University with two runs in the bottom of the eighth in an 11-10 victory at The Springs Games Thursday morning.

The Beavers (8-5) went up 1-0 in the top of the first when center fielder Michaela Mason led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice and scored on a passed ball.

The Warriors (11-11) tied it up in the bottom of the frame when senior second baseman Victoria Hughes led off with a walk, was bunted over by junior right fielder Bryanna Carlisle and scored on sophomore catcher Karli Sewell‘s double to left field.

BVU went up 4-1 with three runs on two hits and two errors in the third. Hendrix scored again in the third when Hughes singled, was bunted over by Carlisle and was knocked on a base hit from Sewell. In the fourth, the Orange & Black made the game 4-3 when freshman shortstop Taylor Oglesby walked, was bunted over by junior first baseman Nikki Sanders and eventually scored on a Hughes sac fly.

Shortstop Mckynze Hansen hit a three-run home run in the top of the fifth to give the Beavers a 7-3 advantage. Mason led off the top of the sixth with a base hit, stole second and scored on a base hit from Marissa Schmidt.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Warriors cut the deficit to 8-6 with three runs on five hits. Freshman center fielder Aubrey Brink, Carlisle and senior third baseman Sydney Ozersky each had a RBI-single.

Hansen singled in the top of the seventh and scored on a pinch hit double by Taylor Frain to give BVU a 9-6 lead. Hendrix tied it up in the bottom of the seventh on a hit and three errors. Hughes hit a second sacrifice fly in the inning.

With the international tiebreaker in effect in the eighth, Mason was placed on second to start the inning. She was bunted over then scored on a ground out by Keely Bycroft to go up 10-9.

In the bottom of the eighth, junior Deva Bharne started the inning on second, was bunted over by Ozersky and scored on a double from sophomore Emily Stockalper. Maida followed with a single and stole second and Stockalper scored the winning run after an error on the play.

Stockalper (8-5) earned the win by allowing the unearned run in the eighth. Sophomore Savannah Draud struck out seven over 4.2 innings in the start and freshman Stephanie Combs fanned four in 2.1 innings of relief. Moriah Guyett (4-2) took the loss, allowing nine hits, four earned runs, a walk and three strikeouts over 4.1 innings.

Hendrix Notes
– Maida went 4-for-5 at the plate.
– Sewell had two hits, including a double, and drove in two.
– Hughes went 1-for-1 with two RBI and a pair of sac flies, and scored twice.
– Carlisle had a hit, a RBI and two sac bunts.
– Brink was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a RBI and a stolen base.

Buena Vista
– Schmidt went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBI, a double and a steal.
– Mason was 2-for-5 with three runs scored, a stolen base and a double.
– Hansen had three RBI on the home run and was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Hendrix then lost to No. 21 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 8-1 at The Spring Games Thursday afternoon.

The Warhawks (10-2) scored a run in the top of the firs on a three hits and an error. They added three more in the second on four hits and an error. UWW went up 6-0 in the fourth on RBI-singles by right fielder Haley Morrelli and third baseman Meg Cohrs.

The Warriors (11-12) scored in the bottom of the fourth when senior third baseman Sydney Ozersky led off with a base hit, then scored after a base hit and en error on sophomore Emily Stockalper‘s at bat.

The Warhawks added another run in the fifth and the sixth for the 8-1 win.

Julia Camardo (3-0) picked up the win striking out six and giving up six hits, an unearned run and two walks. Stockalper (8-6) took the lost, lasting just 3.1 innings.

Hendrix Notes
– Ozersky went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
– Stockalper had a hit, as did freshman center fielder Aubrey Brink.
– Senior second baseman Victoria Hughes also had a hit and a sacrifice bunt.

– Morelli went 4-for-5 with three RBI.
– Mallory Koltz was 4-for-5 with three doubles, three runs scored and a RBI.
– First baseman Amy Ricci went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Cohrs was 3-for-5 with a run batted in.

Up Next
Hendrix will end their Florida trip on Friday against the University of Chicago at 9 a.m. ET and Southern Maine at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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