(Portions of this story courtesy of Austin College and Schreiner University)
SEGUIN, Texas - No. 5 seed Austin College got a huge 3-for-4 performance from senior Mallory Rossman and a great pitching performance from Sophia Hernandez to defeat No. 4 seed Schreiner University 4-2 in the opening game of the SCAC Softball Championship. Box Score | Official Tournament Website | Andrea Vangoss (AC) Postgame Interview | Mallory Rossmann (AC) Postgame Interview
The 'Roos got on the board first in the top of the second when sophomore Brian Hernandez singled home freshman Emily Low, and a RBI by sophomore Mary Whitworth made it a 2-0 game in the third. The 'Roos plated two more in the top of the fourth to make it 4-0 on a two run double by Rossmann.
A RBI groundout by sophomore Holly Molenaar in the fourth and a RBI double by freshman Nichole Schoenherr in the fifth cut the 'Roos lead to 4-2.
It looked like the Mountaineers would get closer in
the sixth inning when freshman Sammi Scudder led off with a
double. She advanced to third on a groundout and appeared to
score on Victoria Molenaar's, what would've been, a sacrifice fly,
but was called out for leaving the base early.
The Mountaineers put two runners on with two outs in the bottom
of the seventh, looking for a late rally, but Rossmann fielded a
grounder to third and got the force out to secure the
Sophomore Sophia Hernandez allowed just three hits in earning her ninth pitching victory of the year, which was also her 15th complete game of the season. Freshman Destiny Rodriguez took the loss for Schreiner. Freshman Dominique Sandoval threw three scoreless innings in relief for the Mountaineers.