The Big Red split their doubleheader, against 17th-ranked Heidelberg University. Denison started off strong with a 7-6 victory but fell 8-2 the next game.
In the first faceoff Denison scored two runs in the first, second and third innings. Lauren Secaras ’18 gave Denison the first 2-0 advantage. Laura Bagan ’19 and Maddie Crull ’19 scored in the second inning followed each with another hit bringing the score to 4-0.
Heidelberg did not score until the top of the third, but they were able to score three in the third inning with a home-run bringing the score 6-3, Denison.
The three-run homerun did not faze the Big Red. Denison’s Sarah Herold ’18 hit a double, which allowed Bagan and Amanda Howell to score in the third inning. Heidelberg got one run in the top of the fifth inning but after that the scoreboard was stopped until the 6th inning when Heidelberg scored twice and Secares’ at bat advanced Herold to home plate.
The first game ended with a 7-6 win for the Big Red but the energy from the first game was soon silenced when Heidelberg came out with a 4-0 lead during the first inning of the second game.
No runs were recorded until the top of the fifth when Heidelberg scored again. With a score of 5-0 the Big Red responded with two runs during the bottom of the fifth. Herold hit a homer down the line, which allowed for Ryan Lee ’17 to score alongside her.
Denison could not prevail and ultimately fell to Heidelberg 8-2.
Secares said that as a team they worked really well together and were able to produce a lot of runs throughout the entire game.
“We need to work on consistency. We’ve be splitting games with a lot of teams recently because we haven’t been focused and consistent for both games,” Secares said. “We know the type of softball we’re capable of playing and so it’s just a matter of focusing and producing.
Denison went on to play a doubleheader against Mt. St. Joseph last Sunday. The Big Red slid past the lions in the first game, 11-10. The next game the women swept Mt. St. Joseph 13-9.
It is still early on in the season but the women hope to go far for the rest of the spring.
“One goal for us is to host the conference tournament and then winning it to continue on to regionals,” Secares said.
The Big Red are going to play at Oberlin College tomorrow. Last spring Denison beat Oberlin in a doubleheader 6-3 and 13-0.