DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Franklin College softball team played their final regular season road games of the year on Saturday (Apr. 27) against one of the teams they entered the weekend looking up at in the conference standings in the Defiance Yellow Jackets.
The Grizzlies (17-15, 9-7 HCAC) got two stellar pitching performances and some timely hits to sweep the Yellow Jackets (20-16, 9-7 HCAC) by scores of 1-0 and 4-1. The wins move the Grizzlies into a tie with the Yellow Jackets for third place in the league standings with two games to play on Sunday.
Game One: Franklin 1 -Defiance 0
The game's only run cam across the plate in the top of the second inning when the Grizzlies capitalized with two outs and the bases loaded. After two singles and walked filled the bags, Monica Collins ripped a single up the middle that brought in pinch-runner Samantha Cain.
That ended up being all the run support Kayla Selzer (8-8) needed, as the junior pitcher stifled Defiance bats all afternoon. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native retired the first seven batters and 13 of the first 14 Yellow Jacket hitters that strolled to the plate.
Selzer allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out a pair without allowing a single Defiance base runner past second base in the game. Collins, Natalie Weber and Danielle Wyse all had a pair of hits for Franklin.
Game Two: Franklin 4 – Defiance 1
Defiance claimed their first lead of the day with a run in the bottom of the first and the Grizzlies would struggle to generate base runners through the first three innings. That changed in the top of the fourth, when two walks and a single loaded the bases with just one out in the inning. Justice Carmichael evened the game up, husting to beat out a double play ball and scoring Weber on the play.
One inning later, Weber put the Grizzlies in front for good with a two-run triple off the wall in center field. She scored two batters later on Abby Hickson's RBI single, staking the Grizzlies to a three-run lead.
Alisha Burch (7-6) kept the Yellow Jackets in check, allowing one run on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Offensively, Hickson had a game-high three hits while Lexi Gaffney had a pair of singles from the lead-off position.
The Grizzlies wrap up the regular season on Sunday (Apr. 28) afternoon when they welcome Anderson University to Behrens Field for two games. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.