ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University softball team (4-26, 0-14 NACC) finally got back to home play as it hosted the Dominican University Stars (15-15, 9-5 NACC) on Saturday afternoon. Dominican entered the contest winners of its last five conference games and continued the streak on Saturday as Dominican beat Rockford 11-3 in game one, before winning 15-4 in game two.
In game one the Stars jumped out to an early lead as they tacked on three runs in top of the first inning.
The Regents did well to rebound as they got a run back in the bottom of the second to make the game 3-1. With one out, McCathran Andrew (Rockford, Ill.) singled one back at the pitcher that squeaked by as she beat out the throw at first. Next up, Sammi Russell (Winnebago, Ill.) smacked a single back up the middle and gave Rockford runners on first and second with one out. Abigail Wellwood (Rockford, Ill.) knocked a single over the infield to load the bases for the Regents. Shannon LeGath (Sturtevant, Wis.) flew out to center field, allowing Andrew to tag up and score. However, Rockford would leave two runners on base as RU went into the top of the third starring down a two-run deficit.
Unfortunately for Rockford the Stars caught fire as they racked up four runs in both the third and fifth inning to extend the lead to 11-1.
Rockford attempted to have a late game comeback as RU scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Emily Johannes (Eau Claire, Wis.) drew a walk for Rockford. Next up, Gretchen Schrubbe (Elgin, Ill.) reached first on a fielder's choice to give Rockford a runner on first with two outs. Alex Storey (Dexter, Mich.) came through as she smacked a double to left center, sending Schrubbe all the way home. Katlyn Fiorucci (Machesney Park, Ill.) entered the game to pinch run for Storey at second and did well as she made it home off a Brittany Bihun (Schaumburg, Ill.) single to right center. However, the comeback fell short as the Regents lost by a final of 11-3.
In game two it was Rockford this time who got on the board first as RU tallied a run in the bottom of the first to take an early 1-0 lead. Gretchen Schrubbe rocked a triple into left field to start Rockford off on offense. One batter later, an error by the pitcher allowed Bihun to reach first, while Schrubbe raced home.
The Stars did not take long to answer as they chalked up six runs in the top of the second, before scoring two more in the top of the third to take an 8-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third.
Rockford was able to cut into the deficit as it responded with a two-runs of its own in the bottom of the third. With one out, Gretchen Schrubbe whacked another triple, this time to left center. McCathran Andrew followed suit with a triple of her own to right center, scoring Schrubbe. Brittany Bihun picked up an RBI as she grounded out to the pitcher, allowing McCathran Andrew to race home.
The Stars continued to show off their offensive prowess as they tallied six more runs in the top of the fourth before adding one more in the fifth.
Rockford again attempted to try and rally a comeback late in the game but was only able to come away with one run. With one out Emily Johannes started things out as she crushed a double over the center fielders head. Gretchen Schrubbe then continued her impressive hitting as she smacked a double to left field and brought Johannes home. Unfortunately, that was as far as Rockford got as they dropped the second game 15-4.
Gretchen Schrubbe was dominant in game two for the Regents as she went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with 2 triples, a double and an RBI. Emily Johannes finished the game going 1-for-2 with a double and McCathran Andrew finished 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.
The Rockford University softball team gets right back to action as it travels to Concordia Chicago on Sunday, April 22. First pitch is set noon.