Softball

Lady Pilots provide strong showing at ONU Invitational

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The Lady Pilots go 3-1 over the weekend. (photo by Jeff Welsh)

The women’s softball team participated in the Olivet Nazarene Invitational last weekend held in Bourbonnais, Illinois, where the team took three victories and suffered one loss. On Friday, the team defeated Robert Morris University by a score of 2-0 and McKendree University by a score of 6-3. The Lady Pilots struggled early on Saturday and found themselves trailing Saint Xavier late in the ball game 4-0 before they came back to claim the 8-4 triumph. Following the momentous come from behind win, Bethel surrendered their only loss of the weekend to the host Olivet Nazarene by a score of 7-1.

The Pilots pitched extremely well on Friday. Katie Boocher captured yet another strong victory on the mound with over four innings of shutout baseball. In game two, Giana Zimmerman gave up two runs in four innings to defeat McKendree. Brookelyn Smith led the Lady Pilots with a solo home run against Robert Morris. On Saturday Ali Holsclaw was the beneficiary of the late run support as she got the win pitching three innings in relief. The only loss on the invitational went to Boocher in game four, as she went five innings giving up four runs. Brookelyn Smith led the Lady Pilots in the nail biter against Saint Xavier with a walk off grand slam and her second home run of the weekend. The Lady Pilots return home on Tuesday where they will face their undefeated conference foe, Huntington University. The first game of the double header is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.
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