Blackburn softball goes 1-3 last week

Monday, April 8, it appeared as if the pitching staff would have to carry the Blackburn College softball team against Millikin University. After the Beavers could only muster two hits in the first game, they fell 9-1 to the visiting Big Blue. But in the second game, Lauren Rhodes put the team on her back and led the way with two home runs in a 7-6 comeback victory.

The first game was an offensive struggle, as Blackburn only scored one run when Mary Chamberlain scored on a passed ball. Unfortunately the Beavers didn’t help themselves on the field either committing five errors.  Chamberlain and Miranda Hartman had the only hits in game one for Blackburn.

Game two featured a much more effective team at the plate. Blackburn scored two runs in the first inning when Brianna Markel singled to set the table for Rhodes’ first home run of the game. Millikin would go on to take the lead in the fourth after a two-run inning.

In the fifth inning, Blackburn bounced back and regained the lead putting up another two runs off of Hartman’s RBI single.  The lead changed again the next inning when Millikin put three straight hits together and drove in two runs of their own. In the bottom of the sixth, Chamberlain started the rally with a double followed by a Bri Markel walk. After a bunt by Aimee Kerley, Rhodes stepped up to the plate. Rhodes then hit her second home run of the game to put the Beavers up 7-5.

Rhodes, who was also pitching, went on to shut down the Big Blue for the rest of the game and held on for the victory. At the plate, Rhodes was the leading hitter with three hits and four RBI’s. Hartman also had three hits.

Sunday, April 14 the Beavers travelled to Bloomington to face non-conference foes Anderson University of Indiana and Illinois Wesleyan University. In game one, the Beavers took on Anderson University and fell by a score of 11-3. Starting pitcher Amber Byrley only made it through one inning, but Kathryn Lorsbach pitched excellently in relief by hurling four innings and only giving up two runs.

Lauren Rhodes got the only RBI for the Beavers and Mary Chamberlain went two for two in the game.

Game two pitted the Beavers against Illinois Wesleyan. Blackburn again found themselves on the wrong side of the win column with a final score of 10-1.

Rhodes threw five innings and gave up eight runs and struck out two. Brianna Markel knocked in the only run for the Beavers while Ashley Donoho and Chamberlain each collected a hit. Blackburn is scheduled for a very busy week with eight contests on the schedule. The Beavers are 14-9 on the season.