CLINTON – After playing the season’s first 30 games away from River Queen Field, the Ashford University softball team hosted its 2013 home opener Sunday afternoon and swept Lindenwood-Belleville 4-2 and 10-2.
“Before today it felt like our road trip was never going to end,” coach Kevin Jannusch said. “Our kids played relaxed knowing that we would be seeing plenty of familiar faces. You always want to perform in front of your home crowd, and we were able to do just that today.”
Junior Nicole Interrante finished the day with five RBIs, including her first career grand slam in Game 2. Alex Bitto, Ashley Soos and Shelby Hobelman also homered for the Saints on a day where a strong wind was blowing out to left field.
The Saints snapped a three-game skid to improve to 16-16, while Lindenwood-Belleville fell to 16-17.
The Saints snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning in the opener, getting run-scoring singles from Hobelman and Britnee Dobbs to reclaim a two run lead.
Lindenwood got a lead-off home run to open the second game, but the Saints battled back to take the lead in the bottom of the second when Soos blasted a two-run homer over the left-field fence.
The Saints put the game away with six-run fourth that included Interrante’s slam that pushed the lead to 9-2.
Baseball team splits
MOUNT PLEASANT – Closing out a four-game weekend set, the Ashford University baseball team visited former Midwest Collegiate Conference foe Iowa Wesleyan on Sunday and split with the Tigers. Ashford stumbled in the opener, falling 4-2, before responding with a 9-6 win in the weekend finale.
Senior infielder Damil Reyes went 4-of-7 at the plate during the doubleheader, while freshman John Caravia posted a 4-of-4 effort in Game 2 as AU improved to 20-12.
Despite matching the Tigers with seven hits, the Saints couldn’t get much offense rolling in the opener. Ashford took a brief lead with one run in the second before Iowa Wesleyan scored two in the bottom half of the inning and two more in the fourth to win the low-scoring tilt.