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RECAP | Softball Opens Week with Split in Florida

Abby Hickson drove home a pair of runs on Monday. Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans
Abby Hickson drove home a pair of runs on Monday. Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans

CLERMONT, Fla. – On Monday (Mar. 25) afternoon, the Franklin College softball team continued its spring break trip with two more games on tap in the Sunshine State.

In the opening contest against UW-River Falls, the Grizzlies (5-9) plated runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings while getting a strong pitching performance from Kayla Selzer in a 5-2 win. In their second contest of the day against Luther, the Grizzlies struggled to get going offensively, dropping an 8-1 decision to the Norse.

Game One: Franklin 5 – UW-River Falls 2
After managing just one hit through the first three innings, the Grizzlies broke through with a pair of runs in their half of the fourth. With two on and two out, designated player Abby Hickson broke the scoreless tie with a single to left, scoring pinch runner Emily Thompson. Taylor Bounin followed with a walk to load the bases for Lexi Gaffney, who also drew a free pass that scored Justice Carmichael to make it a 2-0 game.

Three straight singles to open the fifth inning led to another run as Shelby Mager, Natalie Weber and Danielle Wyse all registered hits. Mager was able to score on Wyse's single when an error allowed her to keep running home from second and stretch the lead to three. One inning later, Mager drove in a run with a triple and swiped home one batter later to stretch the lead to 5-0.

The Falcons plated a pair of runs in the sixth, but that was as close as they would come as Danielle Wyse closed out the final 1 2/3 innings to earn her first save of the year. Selzer (3-5) scattered five hits and struck out one over the first 5 1/3 innings of work to pick up the win.

Game Two: Luther 8 – Franklin 1
A pair of errors in the top of the second led to a five-run frame for Luther. Franklin strung together a pair of hits in their half of the inning and plated their lone run when Hickson brought home Sydney Logsdon with a sacrifice fly. 

But the rest of the game, the Grizzlies managed just two hits while the Norse added one unearned run in the third and two more in the fifth. Alisha Burch (1-4) got the start for the Grizzlies, allowing five hits and no earned runs over four innings before handing the ball to Wyse for the final three frames.

The Grizzlies will have a day off before wrapping up their spring break trip on Wednesday (Mar. 27) with games against the University of Chicago and Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Game one is set for 11:45 a.m.