RECAP | Selzer and Burch Flirt with Perfection; Bats Batter Engineer Pitching in Wednesday Night Sweep

Photo courtesy of Angie Palmer
Photo courtesy of Angie Palmer

FRANKLIN, Ind. – For the first time in three weeks, the Franklin softball team stepped onto Behrens Field for a pair of Wednesday (Apr. 10) evening games with Rose-Hulman in the team's first conference home games.

A pair of Grizzly (10-12, 3-3 HCAC) pitchers flirted with perfection, as both Kayla Selzer and Alisha Burch took perfect games into the fourth inning and beyond. The duo would hold the Engineers (4-14, 0-4 HCAC) to just three hits on the afternoon while the Grizzly offense exploded for 25 runs, winning a pair of five-inning games by scores of 14-0 and 11-0, respectively.

Game One: Franklin 14 – Rose-Hulman 0 (5 inn.)
Selzer (5-7) was brilliant in the circle for the Grizzlies, retiring the first 13 batters she faced before a one-out single in the fifth ended her perfect game and no-hit bids. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native needed just 67 pitches to record a career-high eight strikeouts, throwing 49 strikes. 

She would get plenty of run support from her teammates, as Franklin plated at least one run in each of their four trips to the plate. Natalie Weber opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the first and was followed by back-to-back RBI hits from Shelby Mager and Danielle Wyse to take a 3-0 lead after one.

The Grizzlies piled on to their lead in the second, scoring six times with Monica Collins, Lexi Gaffney, Sydney Logsdon, Abby Hickson and Mager knocking in runs. Weber and Logsdon drove in their second runs of the game in the third and were followed by Makayla Plymale's first career RBI later in the inning. Twin sisters Tyralee and Kyra Frye closed out the scoring with back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth, recording the first RBI of the season for both.

A total of 13 Grizzlies finished with at least one hit in the game. Mager topped the team with three RBI with Weber and Logsdon knocking in two runs each.

Game Two: Franklin 11 - Rose-Hulman 0 (5 inn.)
Just as Selzer did in the opener, Burch (4-5) dominated the Engineer bats in the nightcap, retiring the first 11 batters she faced before allowing a two-out walk in the fourth. The Coatesville, Ind.-native allowed just one hit in the game, walking two and striking out five on 64 pitches.

The offense did their part to help their pitcher out, plating nine runs in the first inning. The first two runners in the inning reached ahead of Weber, who brought in the opening tally with an RBI single to left. With the bags full and one out, Hickson smacked a single to left field that brought in two runs to make it a 4-0 game.

Franklin would load the bases again later in the inning, bringing Collins up for the second time in the inning. The Whiteland, Ind.-native came through, clearing the bags with a double into the left-center field gap to stretch the lead to seven. Gaffney and Weber followed with consecutive run-scoring singles to cap the scoring in an eventful inning.

Logsdon closed out the scoring in the bottom of the third, lacing a ball into the right field corner that rolled around and allowed the freshman shortstop to motor around for an inside-the-park home run, the first of her career.

Franklin looks to continue their brief winning streak on Saturday (Apr. 13), when they hit the road for a pair of games against the Bluffton Beavers. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.