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Ladies finish Florida trip with two more victories

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Kenyon College softball team finished off its spring break schedule in Florida on Wednesday pretty much the way it started things out 10 days ago. The team’s superb offense activated the run-rule in five-inning victories over University of Maine-Presque Isle (14-5) and Alfred State University (11-0).

The Ladies’ combined total of 25 runs in just nine innings at the plate was generated off 23 hits, five walks, five hit batters and three stolen bases. That capped off the Florida trip with the Ladies possessing a 15-3 record in a span of games in which they outscored their opponents, 152-49.

At the top of the Kenyon lineup, Grace Finn scored three runs Wednesday, giving her 29 runs scored this season. That total currently leads all NCAA Division III players. At this point in her career, playing less than three full seasons, Finn stands just 16 runs away from breaking the Kenyon career record. Additionally, she had two triples Wednesday, improving her already-established Kenyon career record to 11 three-baggers.

The Ladies were the visiting team against Maine-Presque Isle and scored two runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings. In the second inning, the Ladies exploded for eight runs on six hits, two walks and two errors. Finn had a bases-loaded triple in the inning, while Sara Campagna, Natalya Delsante, Kassie Rimel and Maddie Friday all added run-scoring hits.

Delsante, Friday and Olivia Hurley all finished the first game with two hits. Finn ended up 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.

Emily Pater pitched three innings for Kenyon and got the win. Her only mistake was yielding a three-run home run to Jordan Hanse in the bottom of the third.

In game two against Alfred State, the Ladies’ big inning was the first one. Right out of the gate, they posted seven runs on four hits, two walks and two hit-by-pitches. Campagna and Delsante both had two RBI in the inning.

Run-scoring hits from Friday and Nicole Bishay led to three more runs for the Ladies in the second inning. An unearned insurance run was tacked on in the fourth inning, before the game ended by run-rule after the top of the fifth inning was completed.

Bishay pitched for Kenyon against Alfred State and gave up just one hit in five innings. She walked one and struck out four to bring her season record to 8-1.

The Ladies now return to Gambier, but won’t play again until a non-conference road doubleheader at Otterbein University on Friday, March 25.

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