The Lake Forest College softball team fell 8-4 to the University of Mount Union and defeated Aurora University 4-1 on Wednesdayat the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida. Sophomore shortstop Megan Harkins had five base hits and four runs scored on the day.
Harkins was 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored against Mount Union. After the Purple Raiders scored two in the top of the first inning, she led off the bottom of the frame with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on an error.
Mount Union extended its lead to 6-1 with three runs in the third inning and one more in the fourth.
After leaving a total of six runners on base in the first three innings, Lake Forest finally broke through for three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Kelly Chesnut started the rally with a leadoff single, which was followed up with a base hit by freshman second baseman Sam Ritsema and a bunt single by Harkins. Junior catcher Danielle Gore's fielder's choice groundout brought home one run, a base hit by sophomore first baseman Nikki Miller plated another, and Gore later scored the third on a passed ball.
The Raiders, however, scored once in both the sixth and seventh innings to close out the scoring. The Foresters had nine base hits in the game but left 10 runners on base and committed four errors.
Harkins also started the team's second game of the day with a single. She advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored on a groundout by Miller.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning. Junior outfielder Leslie Harshey was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and an error put her on third and sophomore outfielder Mary Glowacz on second. Harshey was erased trying to score on a passed ball but Chesnut, the pitcher, singled in Glowacz. Freshman Judy Gilbert pinch-ran for Chesnut, advanced to second on an error, and scored on a base hit by Miller.
Aurora scored its only run in the bottom of the fifth.
Lake Forest added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Harkins singled with one out, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout by Miller, who drove in three runs in the game and four on the day.
Chesnut pitched all seven innings to claim the victory. She allowed a run on six hits while striking out four batters and walking two.
The Foresters are now 1-3 and will be off tomorrow before facing the United States Coast Guard Academy at 1:00 and Greensboro College at 5:00 on Wednesday.