FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team found their way into the win column for the first time this spring, sweeping Capital University on a chilly afternoon at Behrens Field on Saturday (Mar. 16).
The Grizzlies (2-4) rallied to take game one 9-7, scoring seven times in their half of the fifth inning to complete the comeback. Game two was all Franklin, as the Grizzlies silenced the Crusaders (3-9) on their way to a 7-1 win in the nightcap.
Sophomore Natalie Weber had a huge day at the plate, smacking four hits and driving in six runs, four coming on two huge home runs in the opening game. Shelby Mager also had four hits on the afternoon, helping secure the first two wins of head coach Brad Jones' tenure on the Franklin bench.
Game One: Franklin 9 – Capital 7
Weber wasted no time torching Crusader pitching, driving in the first run of the game with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning that scored Mager. Two innings later with the Grizzlies trailing 4-1, Weber smoked a one-out pitch over the center field wall for her first home run of the year to cut the lead in half.
The Crusaders added another run in the fifth to extend the lead back to three, but the Grizzlies would flip the game's momentum with a huge bottom half of the inning. Lexi Gaffney and Mager reached to open the inning, bringing Weber to the dish where she would launch a game-tying three-run home run to dead center field, evening things up at five.
Franklin continued the offensive onslaught with each of the next four hitters reaching with singles, the last an RBI infield single from Taylor Bounin that put the Grizzlies in front for good. Franklin would tack on three more runs in the inning, plating seven runners in the fifth alone to take a 9-5 lead into the final two innings.
That proved to plenty of cushion for Franklin starter Kayla Selzer (1-3), who would go the distance to earn her first victory of the year. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native walked three and struck out three while tossing her second complete game of the year.
Game Two: Franklin 7 – Capital 1
Weber continued to torment Capital pitching in game two, bringing Mager in from second with a double in the top of the first inning. Justice Carmichael added to the lead with an infield single, scoring Weber to spot the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead after one inning.
The Grizzlies added to the lead in the third inning, loading the bases with one and setting the stage for Sydney Logsdon to bring home a run with an RBI single. Samantha Cain tacked on two more runs with a single of her own, scoring Carmichael and Danielle Wyse to make it a 5-0 game.
Franklin would tack on another run in the fourth and get an RBI single from Taylor Bounin in the fifth to cap the scoring, giving starter Alisha Burch (1-1) more than enough run support. The sophomore pitcher tossed a gem, allowing three hits while walking two and striking out four in her first career complete game effort.
The Grizzlies look to stay in the win column on Sunday (Mar. 17), when they host Alma College in a twin bill at Behrens Field. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.