MVNU trips up Lady Lancers

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s softball team dropped a pair of games to Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday at Coach Phil Dick Field.

The Lady Lancers lost 7-1 in the opener before falling short 5-4 in the finale.

Grace struggled to generate offense in the opener. The Lady Lancers scored just one run with five hits in a 7-1 defeat.

MVNU jumped on the scoreboard early in the game, plating five times in the first two innings. Grace committed a few errors in the field, allowing the Cougars to take control of the game.

The Lady Lancers’ only run came in the seventh inning. Jeri Ellis led off the frame with a single, and she came home to score on a run by Britney Young. Ellis finished the game 2 for 3 with one run scored.

The second game started with plenty of action. The Lady Lancers had two fielding errors in the top half of the inning, allowing the Cougars to claim a 3-0 lead.

But Grace had a response planned. Jaden Cardoso and Jessica Kaurich had back-to-back infield singles, and Young sent both runners home with a deep home run to left field.

Grace took the lead at 4-3 thanks to a two-out RBI hit from Laikyn Lowe.

In the top of the third, the Cougars used a two-out rally to retake the lead 5-4. Grace was unable to counter despite having two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the frame.

The Lady Lancers did not move a runner past first base over the final four innings and had to settle for the 5-4 defeat.

Ellis pitched the complete game, giving up four earned runs with a pair of strikeouts.

Young was perfect at bat, going 3 for 3. Lowe was 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Cassandra Hayes hit 1 for 2.

The Lady Lancers will head to Indiana Wesleyan on Friday before returning home on Saturday for an 11 a.m. doubleheader against Spring Arbor.