WESTFIELD, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team packed up shop and headed north to Grand Park for the second time this spring. Meeting the Grizzlies on Wednesday (Mar. 13) night was in-state and in-region foe DePauw University.
The Tigers (2-2) jumped on Grizzly (0-4) pitching early on, scoring all of their runs in the second and third innings, respectively. Franklin was able to respond with a big fifth inning of their own, but the rally would end there in an 8-4 defeat.
DePauw broke the game open in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs on six singles. One inning later, the Tigers added to the lead with three more runs before snuffing out a Franklin rally in the top of the fourth inning.
With just one hit through four innings, the Grizzly bats came alive in their half of the fifth. With two runners on and two out, Danielle Wyse broke the Franklin scoreless stretch with an RBI single that plated Monica Collins. Two batters later, Samantha Cain brought home two runs with a bases loaded single to make it an 8-3 game and Makiah Thomas followed with an RBI single, her first career hit and run batted in. But that's where the rally ended as the Grizzlies went quietly in their final two trips to the plate.
Kayla Selzer (0-3) got the start in the circle and surrendered seven hits and allowed three earned runs over two innings of work. Wyse made her first appearance in the circle in relief, striking out two over the final four innings.
The Grizzlies return home to open a six-game homestand on Saturday (Mar. 16) afternoon, taking on Capital University in a double-header at Behrens Field. First pitch is set for noon.