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Regents Try to Ground Falcons

Sunday, April 26, 2009  
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ROCKFORD, IL – The Rockford College softball team split two games today against the visiting Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons.

The Falcons opened the game one scoring with an unearned run in the top of the first inning.  Solid pitching and defense from both teams kept the game close through the seventh inning.  Throughout the game, there was something strange in the air at the Smith Athletic Field.  Through the game’s first six innings, the Regents had not managed a base hit.  Twenty Regents had stepped to the plate, but no one had managed to put the ball in play.  That was until their final at bat.  Senior Jessica Starr (Evergreen Park, IL/ Evergreen Park) led off the bottom of the seventh inning reaching on an error. Sophomore Aria Ruotsi (Zion, IL/ Zion-Benton) bunted Starr to second, who then advanced to third on a groundout by senior Christina Koblosh (Yonkers, NY/ Our Lady of Victory).  Junior Aletha Cunningham (Byron, IL/ Byron), who also had a solid complete game, five strikeout performance on the mound for Rockford, notched the Regents’ first hit of the game, an RBI triple to right center field, scoring Starr.  After a walk to sophomore Kristi Durlak (Lake Villa, IL/ Grant), Cunningham scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.

After a short ceremony, celebrating the careers of seniors Starr, Koblosh, Kim Nielsen (Evergreen Park, IL/ Evergreen Park), and Clara Wiersma (Rockton, IL/ Hononegah) and assistant coaches Amber Fryman and Jessica Zammuto, the Regents and Falcons squared off for game two.  This game was very similar to game one. The Regents offense could not get started, but their defense and Cunningham’s pitching kept the Falcons off balanced enough to keep the game manageable.  Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Regents mounted a comeback.  Again it was Koblosh, Cunningham, and Durlak involved in the comeback, with Durlak and freshman Katy Atkerson (Serena, IL/ Serena) knocking in two runs.  Unfortunately, that was as close as Rockford would come to duplicating their magic from game one, falling 3-2.

The loss dropped Rockford’s record to 15-19 (7-13 NAC).  The ladies will close their season with road doubleheaders at Edgewood College on Monday and Alverno College on Tuesday.

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