In a span of 24 hours, McPherson College’s softball team went from famine to feast.
The Bulldogs scored just one run on Thursday in losing two games to Ottawa, but rebounded here Friday by scoring 23 runs in a sweep of Southwestern.
Mac is now 8-7 in the KCAC and improved its overall record to 22-19, which ties the school record for wins in a season. The Bulldogs will get to see the one of the best teams in the KCAC on Wednesday when they travel to Bartlesville to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan.
• Mac 15, Southwestern 7 — The Bulldogs trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but they finally broke out with a stunning 13-run fourth inning.
Chelsea Conrad had a tremendous game by going 4 for 4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Judith Salazar homered and drove in three runs, while other standouts were Kortney Jones (two RBIs) and Katie Holmes (two hits, two RBIs).
Christie Betker didn’t have her best stuff, but picked up the win as she fanned six and did not permit a walk.
• Mac 8, Southwestern 7 — Down 7-6 after five innings, the Bulldogs scored a run in the sixth to tie it, then won in a walk-off on a Southwestern error that allowed Jessica Knoeber to score with the winning run.
Jessica Jones was 4 for 5 to pace the Bulldogs. Azaria Romero drove in three runs, while Conrad, Kortney Jones, Ali Smith and Romero all had two hits as Mac totaled 15. Betker was the winning pitcher in relief.
“The comeback shows me that this team has a lot of heart and that they're ready to go whenever they're called upon," Mac coach Ashley Spencer said. "We play a lot of players, whether it’s pinch hitters, pinch runners, relief pitchers. When I can call upon someone to be ready on short notice and they do their job, it shows they're all in it to win every time out. It was definitely about keeping it close today. We know we can score runs, it's just how many we can score per inning. So, to keep us close on the offensive side, we needed to disrupt their offense.
Two records were broken by Bulldog freshmen during the day. Kortney Jones is now the single-season RBI leader with 41, with the old record being 39 by Holmes set last year. Betker now has 15 wins, surpassing the past record of 13 by Lou Ann Nuss and Jessica Yates. Betker earlier broke the record for strikeouts in a season.