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Softball Ends Season with MSJ Sweep

Franklin, Ind - The Franklin College softball team completed its record-setting season with a doubleheader sweep over the College of Mount St. Joseph on Saturday from Behrens Field. The team won 10-1 in six innings before recording a 4-3 victory in the second game.

Franklin won a school record 21 games and finished 8-8 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The team tied for fourth place, but lost out in the league's tiebreaking procedure for next week's conference tournament.

The Grizzlies (21-17) recorded 17 hits in winning the opener. Freshman Megan Lalioff (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) went 4-for-4 with four runs scored to lead the offensive attack. Junior Jessica Ayers (Frankfort, Ind./Frankfort), sophomore Katie Struewing (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) and freshman Savannah Blevins (Wilkinson, Ind./Eastern Hancock) each recorded two hits.

Franklin used a three-run third inning to build a 4-0 advantage. Blevins collected a two-run double to plate freshman Jessica Thom (Mooresville, Ind./Monrovia) and Lalioff. Ayers followed with a triple to score Blevins.

The team added two runs in the fourth inning before scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sophomore McKensie Vanosdol (North Vernon, Ind./Jennings County) scattered two hits in five innings to pick up the victory in the opener.

In the second game, freshman Baylea Suiters (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) hit a walk-off single with no outs in the seventh inning to plate Lalioff to give Franklin the 4-3 win. Lalioff opened the seventh inning with a single and a fielding error allowed her to get into scoring position. She advanced to third base on a passed ball.

The Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Suiters.

In the fifth inning, freshman Taylor Johnson (Beech Grove, Ind./Beech Grove) hit a solo home runs. Lalioff followed with a triple to plate sophomore Michelle Murphy (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North).

MSJ scored three times in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game.

Vanosdol struck out two batters and retired all four batters she faced in picking up the victory. She concluded the season with a 14-8 record.

Lalioff went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Suiters and Vanosdol also had multiple-hit efforts.