MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Maranatha notched its first Northern Athletic Conference victory on Thursday evening, winning game one, 6-1 while losing game two by a slim margin, at 7-6.
The Crusaders outhit the Raiders, 11-6 in the game and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning off a walk, but the offensive outburst came in the fourth.
Maranatha had four hits en route to five runs with freshmen Hannah Clement (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Samantha Swiatek (Walled Lake, Mich.) each singling to kick-start the inning.
An error by the center fielder scored three runs and MSOE finally stopped the bleeding, forcing a groundout to end the inning.
The Raiders would gather five more hits the rest of the game, but none produced any runs as Clement pitched all seven innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out three.
A 1-1 tie opened up game two, as Maranatha’s Autumn Peotter (Waupaca, Wis.) scored on an error after reaching on a double to left center.
MSOE would jump ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the second, but the ‘Saders tacked on a run in the third, then gained their first lead of the game, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth.
After a run scored by sophomore Emily Thompson (Watertown, Wis.), senior outfielder Torey DeLozier (Watertown, Wis.) followed up with a single RBI and a 4-3 lead.
Maranatha added another two runs in the fifth off doubles from freshmen Emily Boogher (York, Pa.) and Kaitlyn Rygh (Grayson, Ga.), but the Raiders charged their way back to a 6-all tie in the bottom of the fifth.
After a scoreless sixth by the Crusaders, MSOE finally pulled ahead for the game clinching run in the sixth.
Sophomore pitcher Jana Dempsey (Bath, Mich.) pitched 4.2 innings, allowing six runs, one unearned and striking out two.
Clement followed Dempsey in relief and allowed two hits and one unearned run. Boogher and Rygh each went 3-5 from the plate while the team finished with 14 hits.
The Crusaders move on to face Rockford on Friday at 3:00 p.m. in Rockford, Ill.