ROCHESTER, Minn. - The Rockford University softball team (0-4) hit the field on Sunday looking to pick up its first win of the season with two more games in the RCTC Dome. Although Rockford played well in both games, the Regents fell 5-2 to St. Olaf College (5-3) and 5-0 to fourth-ranked University of St. Thomas (5-0).
St. Olaf College 5 Rockford University 2
- The Regents struck first in the bottom of the first inning with a run despite not recording a hit. Rockford showed its excellent patience at the plate, drawing three walks and getting hit by a pitch. Gretchen Schrubbe (Elgin, Ill.) and Brittany Bihun (Schaumburg, Ill.) began the inning with back-to-back walks to give Rockford runners on first and second with no one out. Two batters later, the Regents loaded the bases after Dylan King (Constantine, Mich.) was hit by a pitch. Destiny Darmon (Byron, Ill.) then drove in her first run of the season on an RBI walk, to put the Regents out in front 1-0.
- St. Olaf would strike with a pair of runs in the top of the third to take a 2-1 advantage. The Oles used a trio of hits and took advantage of one Rockford error to take their first lead of the day.
- Rockford answered right back and tied the game with a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame. After an Annaka Bartz (Rockton, Ill.) leadoff walk, Dylan King laced a single into right field to put runners on first and second with no one out. Two batters later, Rockford would capitalize on a St. Olaf error to knot the game at 2-2.
- The Oles would retake the lead in the top of the fourth at 3-2. St. Olaf used two hits to score the run and regain the lead.
- The Regents were able to put themselves in position to tie the game on multiple instances, but could not come up with a key hit with runners in scoring position. Sammi Russell (Winnebago, Ill.) began the fourth with a walk before being pinch ran for by Shannon LeGath (Mount Pleasant, Wis.). LeGath was able to work her way to second base but was unable to get any farther. In the sixth, Rockford took advantage of two St. Olaf errors to put runners on first and second with two outs. Unfortunately, the Regents were thrown out at third to end the inning.
- St. Olaf then added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to 5-2. The Oles then retired Rockford in order in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win.
University of St. Thomas 5 Rockford University 0
- The Tommies broke the scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. St. Thomas had just two hits in the frame, but were able to manufacture the two runs.
- Rockford's Dylan King recorded her first hit of the game, and second of the day, with a single to start the fifth. However, the Tommies retired the next three hitters, as the game remained 2-0.
- St. Thomas extended its lead with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning. The Tommies strung together three straight hits to start the frame, including a two-run single to make it a 4-0 game.
- The Tommies added one more run in the sixth to take a 5-0 lead into the final inning.
- Rockford was able to put runners on the corners with two outs in the seventh. Annaka Bartz got the offense started with a one-out walk. She would then advance to third when Emily Cox (Erie, Ill.) reached after a Tommie error. Unfortunately, St. Thomas retired the next batter to secure the 5-0 win.
St. Olaf College
- Dylan King went 1-for-3 at the plate.
- Destiny Darmon drew a walk and drove in both Rockford runs.
- Gretchen Schrubbe and Annaka Bartz each walked and scored a run.
- Sammi Russell showed great plate discipline with a pair of walks.
- Rylee Klema (Mendota, Ill.) threw her second complete game in as many starts this season. Klema allowed four earned runs and struck out three.
University of St. Thomas
- Dylan King finished 1-for-3 for the second straight game.
- Rylee Klema again went the distance throwing all six innings for her third complete game this season.
The RU softball team returns to action on Sunday, March 10 in Naples, Fla. The Regents will play New Jersey City at noon central time followed by SUNY Canton at 4 PM central time.