Alverno Ends Season With Split At Rockford

Kaitlynn Johnson
Kaitlynn Johnson

ROCKFORD, Illinois -- The 2017 softball season for Alverno College ended with a series split at host Rockford University Wednesday at Smith Field.

The Inferno won the opener 6-3 before the shorthanded squad lost the nightcap 8-3 to the host Regents (7-31, 2-20 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference).

Alverno scored its six runs in game one over the first two innings on six hits and one Regent error.

Kaitlynn Johnson plated Bailey Jedrzejewski with an RBI-single to left field and Samantha Chapnick got an RBI via groundout that scored Carina Jimenez. Johnson crossed home plate on a whild pitch to cap off the first-inning scoring.

Rockford got one back in the bottom of the first before three more by the visitors scored in the second.

Karissa Minster batted home Sara Redlin followed by Jimenez and Johnson RBI-hits to make it 6-1.

In the bottom of the second, Rockford scored a pair on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice with runners at the corners, but that would be the end of the scoring for both teams.

Olivia Schneider pitched the complete-game victory while the Regents' Brooke Burris was tagged with the loss.

Jimenez batted 3-for-4 with an RBI while Johnson was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.

In game two, Rockford got out to a commanding 8-0 lead after two innings and the Inferno couldn't recover despite a three-run third by the guests.

Kristin Holub smacked a two-RBI hit to right field and Megan Hernandez scored on a Regent error to cut the spread to five.

Similar to game one, both teams remained scoreless the second half of the contest.

Johnson led the way with the bat with a 3-for-4 performance including a triple while Holub was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in her final collegiate game.

Schneider (7-12) again went the distance in the circle but got the loss while Stefaney Kenworthy collected the complete-game victory for Rockford.

Alverno ends the season at 13-25 overall and 6-16 in NACC play. The Inferno broke the single-season school record with 56 sacrifice hits and more than doubled the stolen bases record with 74.