MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Franciscan softball team split a pair of games on the second day of their spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, Tuesday. The Lady Barons dropped their first game 9-4 to Wisc.-Stout before rebound for a 10-6 win over Albertus Magnus.
"I am just really proud of how this team kept battling today," remarked head coach Jim Walker. "We carried over our momentum from the win yesterday afternoon and never quit on ourselves. It was great to see us pull out the win in the second game."
Trailing 3-2 after the first inning, Franciscan rallied for five runs in the top of the third to take a 7-3 lead. The Falcons got a run back in the bottom of the third and fourth but Franciscan kept fighting and put up three runs in the sixth to take a 10-5 lead. With the bases loaded and one out, freshman Ashley Kondracki scored on a wild pitch before Anna Ames tripled to score Jordan Cunningham and Kayla Anderson.
Both teams went scoreless in their next at-bats before Albertus Magnus scored the game's final game in the bottom of the seventh to bring the score to its final, 10-6.
Cunningham had a hot day at the plate for the Lady Barons in the opening game as she went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. The Lady Barons and Wisc.-Stout were locked in a tight battle through the first four innings with the score tied 1-1. Stout broke open the game with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 8-1 lead. Franciscan got three runs back in the final two innings but Stout held on for the 9-4 win.
"Ashley pitched a heck of a game for us against Wisconsin," continued Coach Walker. "She hasn't pitched since she was 12 and just ran out of gas. She provides much needed depth to our pitching rotation that we have not seen in years past."
Franciscan takes tomorrow off before playing a pair of games against Sarah Lawrence on Thursday beginning at 9:30 am in Myrtle Beach.