May 12, 2012

Alma College eliminates University of Chicago and moves on to play Ohio Northern University

Playing their second games of the day, Alma College and University of Chicago battled to see who would stay in the tournament and who would go home.

The Scots kept their season alive after seven innings, beating the Maroons 3-1.

"Now there are three," Alma College's head coach Denny Griffin said. "At the end of yesterday I told the kids one pitch at a time. Just win the first one and then get the second one."

Alma College came out swinging and took the lead in the first inning with two Maroon errors. In another low scoring game, both teams failed to earn runs during the next four innings but the Scots maintained their lead.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the University of Chicago would finally get on the board with So. Kaitlyn Carpenter (Des Moines, Iowa/East) scoring an unearned run but it would not be enough to get the win.

"We had a great class of seniors this year and this was their last opportunity to play," said Chicago Head Coach Ruth Kmak. "They really gave our team a lot of hope moving forward. They're three great women. This was a very special team for all of them to play on."

The Scots earned another run that would secure their win at the top of the seventh when Sr. Emily Ross (Buchanan, Mich./Buchanan) found the gap, singled, and earned an RBI that brought Jr. Rachel Bowker (Essexville, Mich./Garber) home. Bowker had previously put herself in scoring position hitting a ball that fell just short of the fence.

"It felt really good to connect with the ball, help out the team, and get that insurance run," Bowker said. "We always try to help Louise out anyway we can because she pitches hard all game so we try to get her as many insurance runs."

Alma College will play Ohio Northern University for the second time this weekend, Sunday at noon. The winner of that game will go on to play Trine University in the championship game.

written by student SID Maria Castaneda