Tech Drops Pair of Games on Day Two of Opening Weekend
PLANT CITY, Fla. – The Indiana Tech softball team dropped a pair of games on Saturday afternoon on their second day of action at the SpringBreakSoftball.com NAIA Preview Weekend at Plant City Stadium and Randy Larson Complex, falling to No. 3-ranked Southeastern, 7-0, and Ave Maria, 9-1, in six innings.
After holding the Fire scoreless for the first three innings, the third-ranked team in the nation found their rhythm in the final four innings, scoring twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and adding four runs in the sixth to break the game open. Southeastern would take advantage of an error to score the opening run of the ball game while they used five consecutive hits in the sixth to make it a 7-0 game.
Alexis Vargo would take the loss in the opener, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits in five innings of work, and recording the team’s lone hit while Caitlyn Walter drew a pair of walks.
The nightcap would see the Warriors face a deficit right off the bat as Ave Maria scored four runs in the first, including a two-run homer to the Gyrenes second batter of the game. The Gyrenes would tack on another four-spot in the fourth thanks to five hits and a pair of Tech errors.
The Orange and Black would get on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as Kelsey Reinhardt knocked in Keauna Schultz from second as the team attempted a two-out rally, but it would not be enough to hold off the eight-run rule as the Warriors stranded runners at second and third.
Tori Simper took the loss after allowing four runs, all earned, on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Schultz and Maggie McCrory would both record a double in the contest.
Tech (0-4) returns to action on Sunday for the final twin bill of their opening weekend as they face off with Edward Waters at 9 a.m. before closing out the SpringBreakSoftball.com NAIA Preview with a rematch against Ave Maria at 11:30 a.m.