Regents Split with Inferno
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Wednesday’s doubleheader marked the final home games of the year for the Rockford College softball team. The Regents, who had won three of their last four games, welcomed the Alverno College Inferno to the Smith Athletic Field looking to build upon their recent momentum. Entering Wednesday’s games, Rockford held a 14-5 record against Alverno including a 6-4 record during Northern Athletics Conference play.
The first game was a classic pitcher’s dual. Freshman pitcher Sarah Moritz (Heyworth, Ill./Heyworth) was brilliant on the mound for Rockford in the opener. Moritz tossed her team leading ninth complete game of the season. The freshman gave up just one run and scattered eight hits while striking out four to pick up her team leading fifth win of the year.
The Rockford offense was able to score just enough runs off of tough Alverno pitching to pick up the win. Alyssa Novak (Utica, Ill.LaSalle-Peru) got the Regents off to a good start leading the game off with a single. Novak would later steal second base to get herself into scoring position for the middle of the lineup. After a two quick outs, it would be junior Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./Pear City) who would deliver the big hit. Lawler drove the third pitch she saw into left field scoring Novak and giving Rockford a 1-0 lead. It would remain a one-run game until the bottom of the fourth when the Regents made it a 2-0 game. Jossilyn Jones (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) smashed her NAC leading 15th double of the season to start off the bottom of the inning. Jones would score two batters later on an RBI single by Jennifer Zulkanycz (Norco, Calif./Norco). The Inferno would mount a late threat in the top of the seventh inning scoring one run and getting the tying run on second base with just one out. However, Moritz struck out the next batter and got the final hitter of the game to fly out to right field preserving the 2-1 victory.
After a low-scoring opener in the doubleheader, game two turned out to be a much higher scoring affair. Rockford got off to a great start scoring seven runs in the first four innings to build itself a 7-1 lead. Novak again lead off the game with a single and then stole second base to put the Regents once again in scoring position early in the game. After Jones reached on an infield single, Lawler would drive in the first run of the game for the second straight game. Zulkanycz made it a two-run lead on an RBI groundout later in the inning. The Regents would continue to pour on the runs with a three-run second inning. Jessica Segalla (Loves Park, Ill./Harlem), Jessica Bjerning (Wauconda, Ill./Mundelein) and Paige Newhuis (Crete, Ill./Illinois Lutheran) would start the inning off with back-to-back-to-back singles with Newhuis driving in the first run of the inning. Jones capped the inning off with the team’s fourth single in the bottom of the third driving in two more runs. After an Inferno run in the top of the fourth inning, the Regents would score two in the bottom of the inning giving them their largest lead of the day. After back-to-back one-out singles from Alyssa Novak and Bridget Kennedy (Sugar Grove, Ill./Aurora Christian), Rockford would score the first run on an RBI groundout and another on an Alverno error. After playing excellent for the first five innings of the game, the final two innings of the game would really be a struggle as the ladies gave up seven runs on six hits while committing three errors. Rockford would have a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh as Katy Atkerson (Serena, Ill./Serena) started the inning off with a single back up the middle. However, the Regents were unable to score and would drop game two 8-7.
Despite giving up eight runs in game two, the Rockford pitching staff pitched fairly well as only two of those eight runs were earned. Jennifer Zulkanycz started the game throwing 5.2 innings giving up six runs, just two earned runs, and striking out two. Sarah Moritz pitched the final 1.1 innings allowing just 2 unearned runs while striking out one batter.
The softball team hits the road on Friday when they head into Wisconsin to play the Maranatha Baptist Bible College Crusaders. The doubleheader will begin at 3:00 p.m.