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Regents Play Spoiler in Season Finale

Monday, May 03, 2010  
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ROCKFORD, Ill. – It has been a very difficult season for the Rockford College Regents softball team. The Regents have struggled for consistency all season, but as the season came to a close on Sunday, the Regents had an opportunity to spoil the postseason chances of the visiting Edgewood College Eagles.

In the day’s opening game, the Regents offensive was explosive. The Regents managed their second highest hit and run total of the season. With the game tied at one in the bottom of the third inning, Rockford sent 10 batters to plate, scoring four runs. Sophomore Katy Atkerson (Serena, Ill./ Serena) led off the inning with a double, before scoring on a single by senior Jackie Vensel (Belvidere, Ill./ Belvidere). Singles by junior Aria Ruoti (Zion, Ill./ Zion-Benton) and senior Andrea Hundertmark (Freeport, Ill/ Highland JC), a walk by freshman Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City), and consecutive singles by junior Biz Janusick (Spring Valley, Ill./ Illinois Valley CC) and freshman Kali Blackburn (Dixon, Ill./ Dixon) led to four Regents runs.

After two Eagles runs in the top of the fourth, senior pitcher Aletha Cunningham (Byron, Ill./ Lincoln JC) helped her own cause with a two RBI double, scoring Vensel and Ruotsi. The Rockford offense closed the game in the sixth inning when Cunningham repeated her fourth inning feat, another two RBI double scoring Vensel and Ruotsi. A sacrifice bunt by Hundertmark plated Cunningham. Janusick’s RBI single up the middle scored Hundertmark to end the game.

Rockford’s inconsistency was on display in the day’s second game. After scoring 11 runs on 16 hits, the Regents managed just two runs in game two. Rockford trailed 5-0 before scoring their first run of the game in the fourth inning. Lawler opened the inning with a triple to left center and scored on a Janusick single up the middle. Rockford scored their second run in the fifth when Cunningham’s sacrifice fly scored Vensel.

The Regents finished the season 8-26 overall (7-17 NAC).

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