The Elon University softball team split a doubleheader against Hofstra University Saturday, losing 10-3 in the first game and winning 7-1 in the second game.
The Phoenix had the lead through four innings in the first game, but a two run home-run by Michaela Transue gave Hofstra the lead in the fifth and then Hofstra converted five hits into six runs to take a 9-2 lead after the sixth inning.
The Phoenix had 11 hits in the first game but could only convert that into three runs, leaving nine runners on base — including the bases-loaded in the second inning. Sophomore shortstop Hannah Olson said Elon tried to wash the first game out of its system quickly.
“We were focusing on letting that one go and coming up to the next game ready to go, not letting that one affect how we play our game,” Olson said.
Olson did just that by starting off the second game with a solo home-run to give Elon an early 1-0 lead. Olson and sophomore center fielder Kara Shutt both went 2-4 in the second game and combined for three runs and three RBIs. With the two games Saturday, Shutt has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games.
“I try not to think about it,” Shutt sais. “If there are runners on I’m trying to score them, if there’s no one on I’m just trying to get on base so I can score and help us win.”
Senior pitcher Kayla Caruso pitched a seven inning complete game and only gave up one run to get her sixth win of the season.
“I thought Caruso did a great job and [senior catcher] Carey Million did a great job working with her so I thought they did well in this win,” said head coach Kathy Bocock.
Elon will finish the series against Hofstra at 1 p.m. Sundayat Hunt Softball Park.
“Before we hit the road, this is going to be a big game for us tomorrow and we need to capture this series,” said Bocock.