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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:10 pm

Trine softball wins regional opener


WHITEWATER, Wis. – The Trine softball team hit four home runs to pace a 12-1 victory over Greenville in five innings in the opening game of the Whitewater Regional at van Steenderen Softball Complex on Thursday.

Trine advances to Game 3 of the regional, where the Thunder will meet the winner of the matchup between Hope and Wisconsin-Whitewater at noon today.

All four Thunder homers came from freshmen. Carly Bachna had two home runs and a career-high six RBI in her NCAA postseason debut. Bachna’s six RBI tied a team postseason record. Claire Ryan homered as part of a three-hit effort in her first collegiate game in her home state. Michaela Hartline also homered. The four home runs tied a program record for postseason play.

Danielle Ray pitched four shutout innings in her regional debut. The freshman did not surrender a hit until the fourth and gave up one hit and one walk. Ray struck out five to improve to 17-3 on the season.

Hartline homered over the center field wall two batters in for a 1-0 lead. After back-to-back hits by Ryan and Kaylee Fox, Bachna connected on her first of two three-run blasts to make the score 4-0 after one.

Trine struck for four more in the second. Back-to-back RBI singles by Makenna Hartline and Michaela Hartline pushed the score to 6-0. Ryan then connected on a two-run homer to center on a 2-2 pitch to cap another four-run inning and make the score 8-0. The homer was Ryan’s third of the season.

Four more runs in the fourth sealed the win. Fox’s RBI single started the scoring, before Bachna’s second three-run bomb capped the scoring. The freshman brought her season home run total to 12.

Greenville scored its run in the fifth on an RBI-groundout by Tiffany Samsoe.