DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The annual Spring Break trip is underway for Indiana Wesleyan University softball as the team split a twin bill today at Embry-Riddle (Fla.) University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Wildcats won a wild 14-10 decision in eight innings in Game 1 and dropped a 10-2 mercy rule decision in Game 2. No. 24-ranked Indiana Wesleyan now stands 5-2 on the season while Embry-Riddle is 5-7.
In the opener, Indiana Wesleyan overcame early deficits of 5-1 and 7-2. Indiana Wesleyan used a four run fourth inning to draw within one at 7-6. Katie Smith hit a 2-run double while Jessica Hull provided another RBI in the inning.
The Eagles gained single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to stretch their advantage to 9-6. Allison Bexell hit a 2-run triple in the top of the seventh to draw the Wildcats within one, while placing herself as the tying run on third base. Bexell scored on a Gabby McIntire bunt single to tie the game 9-9 and send the contest into extra innings.
Indiana Wesleyan quickly took over the game with a five run eighth inning. The big hit in the frame was a grand slam by Marissa French. McIntire would later double in another run for the 14-9 lead. Embry-Riddle added one in the bottom of the inning for the final 14-10 score.
McIntire earned the win in relief, allowing one unearned run in 3.0 innings. Tanna Hinthorne started the game and allowed nine runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits in 5.0 innings.
Bexell and McIntire paced the offense as both were 3-for-5. Bexell was a home run shy of a cycle with three runs and two RBIs while McIntire added a double and three RBIs. Smith was 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs, Gabby Bogear hit 2-for-4 with a run, and French hit 2-for-5 with a run and four RBIs.
Embry-Riddle captured the split with seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings. ERU jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings before Indiana Wesleyan drew within a run at 3-2 in the fourth with two runs. The only IWU runs came on a 2-run double by Bogear. Embry-Riddle opened a bigger lead with two runs in the fifth inning and then earned the mercy rule victory in the sixth with five runs for a 10-2 score.
The Wildcats managed just five hits in the loss. Bexell and Bogear each doubled while Michelle McGary was 1-for-2 with a walk. McIntire took the loss with three runs in the first two innings as she gave up eight hits while Hull finished the game in 3.2 innings of relief. She allowed seven runs on nine hits.
Indiana Wesleyan will next play on Monday at Warner (Fla.) University in Lake Whales, Florida. The doubleheader begins at 2 p.m.