CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Alverno College's rally in the bottom of the seventh inning came up short in a 7-5 loss to Kenyon College in the Inferno's final day at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.
The Inferno's second game of the day versus Olivet College was halted in the bottom of the fourth inning due to lighting, and an ensuing thunderstorm and tornado watch washed out the game. Per rule, the unfinished game does not count towards statistics or record since five innings were not completed.
Against Kenyon, the Inferno got in a 2-0 hole after the Ladies (7-0) scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning.
Emily Ortner got one back for Alverno in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run to left field, the fourth of the sophomore's career.
A second Inferno error of the game led to the Ladies' third score in the top of the second.
Ortner smashed a one-out triple to center field for just the second Inferno hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but was unable to reach home as the next two batters were retired.
Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, Megan Rossi reached base on a leadoff single, and was pinch ran for by Kirsten Edmunds who scored on a Bre Hart double to left-center field. An error by the Ladies' third baseman on the next play allowed Hart to score which cut the Inferno's deficit to a single run.
Kenyon answered back with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh for a 7-3 lead.
Rossi and Stephanie Skibba recorded back-to-back hits to begin the final frame, and Hart loaded the bases with a one-out single down the left-field line.
Alexis Botsford plated pinch runner Laeren Yates and Skibba to cut the spread to two, but Hart was tagged out on a close play at home on Raquel Starke's fielder's choice to third base for the second out. Ortner subsequently flied out to center field for the final out of the game.
Erin Dulek (2-4) was tagged for the complete-game loss, but just four of the seven runs allowed were earned. The junior hurler struck out four and did not allow a walk.
Kenyon's Maddy Stark (4-0) threw all seven innings and had six strikeouts in the victory.
Alverno (3-6) will not play again until its home-opening doubleheader versus North Central University of Minnesota on March 26 at Alverno Field.