Softball sweeps doubleheader Sunday at Rebel Spring Games
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The University of Akron softball team picked up two victories Sunday at the Rebel Spring Games in atypical fashion, sneaking by Butler 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, and following that up with an 8-3 offensive rout of North Dakota. The Zips improve to 10-7 overall and have now won five of their last six games.
With the score locked at one, UA had one last chance to break the tie before moving to extra innings. Gleisner issued a one out single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Taryn Allmon.
Keelia Nester would reach on an error by Butler's second baseman, moving Gleisner over to third and bring Shawna Hochstetler to the plate. The Zips would not need any last-inning magic from Hochstetler this time around though, as Gleisner saw her window and scored on a passed ball to give Akron the victory.
Erin Seiler went the distance to pick up her fifth win of the year in the cicle, striking out six without walking a batter in seven innings. After giving up a solo home run in the top of the second, the freshman retired the Bulldogs in order for the next four straight innings.
Akron 8, North Dakota 3 | Box Score
Akron's offense took the North Dakota pitching staff for 11 hits, including two apiece from Rachael Ratcliffe, Gleisner and Nester, as the Zips cruised to an 8-3 victory in game two.
After picking up two quick runs over the first three innings, the Zips blew the game open with a four-run fourth to take a 6-0 lead.
It was Hochstetler again at the plate with the bases loaded and two down. The freshman singled to center field, clearing the bases and eventually scoring herself on the same play due to a throwing error by the UND center fielder. North Dakota made a pitching change to help end the inning but the damage was done.
UND earned two runs back in the bottom of the fourth and another one in the fifth, but the Zips gave themselves a little more insurance with a two-run two-hit seventh inning that featured another RBI single from Gleisner.
Akron concludes tournament play at the Rebel Spring Games on Monday with a doubleheader versus Lehigh (9 a.m. ET) and Fairleigh Dickinson (11 a.m. ET).