Softball Falls to Fontbonne; Upsets No. 15 St. Catherine

Softball Falls to Fontbonne; Upsets No. 15 St. Catherine

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Calvin softball team moved to 6-2 on the season after a pair of games at the PFX Spring Games. The Knights started the day with a 10-2 loss to Fontbonne, but rallied to upset the No. 15 ranked Wildcats of St. Catherine, 2-1.

"We weren't on top of our mental game against Fontbonne," said head coach Becky Hilgert. "It showed with some of the mistakes we made in the field and on the base paths. Game IQ is something we can control, and it was certainly one of the areas we struggled to make adjustments."

The Griffins struck first on Monday with two runs in the first inning.

Calvin tied the game with a pair of runs in the top half of the second inning.

Freshman Jordan VanEerden (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) scored junior Jessica Brasser (Rockford, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) on a single. Sophomore Maddie DeGroot (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian) later brought home VanEerden on a single.

Fontbonne closed the game on an 8-0 run to secure the victory.

Maddie DeGroot led the team with two hits.

Senior Paige Groom (Potterville, Mich./Potterville) posted a season-high three strikeouts.

The second game on the day proved to be a defensive battle with the No. 15 Wildcats.

St. Catherine struck first on Monday when a shot snuck through the middle of the infield to score Anna Hinderaker.

Sophomore Anna Gernant (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) tied the game at one in the top of the fifth inning with a blast to right field that scored junior Kimiko Hinatsu (Romeo, Mich./Romeo).

The Calvin defense stood strong in the bottom of the sixth, with the game-winning run on first base, the nights turned the unconventional 2-1-5-4 double play to get out of the inning.

Junior Kaley Frank (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg) tallied the winning hit with a double down the leftfield line, scoring Anna Gernant from first base.

"I was very pleased how we bounced back after a tough morning game," said Hilgert. "St. Catherine's is a top-notch program and our team was prepared for a tight battle. I credit Anna and Kaley for doing a great job as our battery unit and our defense answered the call with the big double play in the bottom of the sixth inning. "

Anna Gernant held St. Catherine to five hits on the day. She recorded eight strikeouts.

Jessica Brasser and Maddie DeGroot both finished the game with two hits.

The Knights will face UW-Whitewater and Bowdoin on Tuesday.