TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman earned two dramatic softball wins to sweep crosstown rival St.-Mary-of-the-Woods for the first time since 2004 at the Engineer Softball Field on Sunday.
In game one, sophomore Jessica Ahlborn blasted a walk-off solo home run in the seventh to lead the Engineers past SMWC 3-2. In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman rallied from a 7-0 deficit to capture a 10-8 victory. The win marks the largest in-game comeback victory in the history of Rose-Hulman softball.
Ahlborn blasted a two-out, seventh-inning solo home to break a 2-2 tie and lift Rose-Hulman to a win in the opener. She also blasted a triple in the game and had three hits to lead the offense.
Sophomore Carly Heibel picked up the pitching win with a complete-game effort in the circle. Heibel scattered six hits with four strikeouts.
Kelsey Rosselli led the SMWC offense with three hits, including two doubles, and one run scored. Carly Painter also blasted a solo home run for the Pomeroys. Danielle Owens tossed the complete game in the opener for SMWC with six strikeouts.
The wild second game featured an early 7-0 lead for SMWC. Shelby Barnett led the Pomeroy offense with a 4-for-4 performance, including a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. Rosselli added two hits and scored three runs.
Rose-Hulman (7-17) started its march back by taking advantage of a difficult fourth inning in the field for the Pomeroys. The Engineers scored eight times in the fourth inning with seven hits and five SMWC (12-9) errors.
The key hits in the inning were three hits of two RBIs each. Ahlborn doubled home two runs with runners on first and third, and Allison Bowman slapped a two-run single to make the score 7-6. Freshman Stephanie Turner closed the rally with a two-run single to give Rose-Hulman an 8-7 lead it would keep.
Offensively, Heibel finished 4-for-4 with four singles, two runs scored and two RBI. Ahlborn capped a strong performance with three hits, including two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.
Freshman Taylor Lockhart earned the win with a memorable relief appearance. Lockhart allowed one run in 51⁄3 innings of work, pitching around six hits and seven walks with six strikeouts.
The Engineers return home to face Franklin College on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
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In other softball action:
• Drake 13, ISU 1 — At Des Moines, Iowa, Junior Morgan Allee tied the ISU single season stolen bases record of 28, but the Indiana State softball team fell in the finale of a three-game series at Drake.
“Today emphasized that if we play well, we can play with anyone, but if we play poorly, we can get beat by anyone,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said.
The Sycamores (13-23, 3-9 MVC) will return to action Tuesday when they host IUPUI.
• Sullivan’s Stockon takes lead — At Lawrenceburg, Kevin Thomas Jr. won the feature race in U. S. Auto Club sprint car action Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
Thomas outdueled Sullivan’s Chase Stockon and Coleman Gulick to win, taking the lead for good on the last lap.
Stockon won his heat and led eight laps in the main, finishing second. He assumed first place in the sprint car point totals and has a 12-point lead over Hunter Schuerenberg going into a race this Saturday at Eldora Speedway in Ohio.
Fast qualifier — Tracy Hines
Heat winners — Nick Drake, Dave Darland, Chase Stockon, Robert Ballou, Shane Cottle (semi)
Feature — Kevin Thomas Jr., Stockon, Brady Bacon, Hunter Schuerenberg, Bryan Clauson, Coleman Gulick, Thomas Messeraul, Cottle, Landon Simon, Jerry Coons Jr., Darland, Hines, Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, Logan Hupp
• Brenton tops gamblers — Cody Brenton was the winner in a Gambler’s Race run Saturday at Crossroads Dragway.
Cody Brenton defeated brother Dustin to win the race run in connection with a test-and-tune session. Dustin competed in a Malibu borrowed from friend Tommy Smith.
A cleanup session is scheduled for Friday with the grand-opening race set for Saturday with time trials at 12:30 p.m.
Track information is available by telephone at 812-229-2167 or at www.crossroads
• Peeden posts win — At Putnamville, Steve Peeden was one of the feature winners in season-opening race Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway.
B-main — Brian Karraker
Feature — Jeff Bland, Brady Short, Chase Briscoe, Josh Burton, Kyle Simon, Jon Stanbrough, Kent Christian, Seth Parker, Ethan Barrow, Rod Henning.
• Rose fourth — At Hanover, Rose-Hulman relied on two top-five individual performances to finish fourth at the Hanover College Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.
Freshman Sanders Park finished second overall with rounds of 75 and 74.
Junior Travis Whithaus added a fifth-place finish with scores of 79 and 74.
The Engineers return to action at the Rose-Hulman Invitational next weekend.