Softball splits four games last week

The Blackburn College softball team played non-conference foes Illinois College and Millikin University recently splitting a doubleheader with each school. Saturday, April 6, the Beavers defeated Illinois College in game one of their doubleheader by a 3-0 score but then fell 9-2 in game two to the Lady Blues.

Monday night, the Beavers hosted the Big Blue of Millikin University and it appeared as if the pitching staff would have to carry the team against Millikin after the Beavers could only muster two hits in the first game as they fell 9-1. 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 gained one run when Mary Chamberlain scored on a passed ball. Unfortunately the Beavers didn’t help themselves on the field, 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 Bri Markel singled to set the table for Lauren 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 Miranda 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 Markel walk. After a bunt by Aimee Kerley, Rhodes stepped up to the plate to hit her second home run of the game putting the Beavers up 7-5.

Rhodes who was also pitching, went on to shut down Millikin 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 RBIs. Hartman also had three hits. Blackburn now sits with a 14-7 record and will resume conference play against Eureka on Wednesday.