CLERMONT, Fla. – The Alverno softball team had an offensive explosion on Monday as the Inferno swept a pair of non-conference contests at the Hancock Sports Complex in Central Florida. In the opener, the Inferno pummeled Regis by a 14-2 score before controlling play against Mitchell in a 13-3 victory.
Senior Carina Jimenez had a dominant day as she registered four hits including her first home run of the season, while also driving in 10 runs over the two games. She also led the team with four runs scored and also stole a base while handling all eight of her chances in the field at second base.
In addition to Jimenez' offensive success, sophomore Kaitlynn Schmick and freshman Natalie Akin both had four hits and drove in three runs apiece. Schmick scored two runs while Akin crossed the plate once. Seniors Samantha Chapnick and Sam Korn along with sophomore Lauren Greif each had three hits on the day with Chapnick driving in three runs of her own, Korn and Greif both crossed the plate three times on the day.
Senior Dani Hood, along with juniors Sara Redlin and Brandi Rice all had hits on the day, while Rice walked three times. Senior Andie Vandertie also walked three times and scored three runs. Junior Kaitlynn Johnson scored two runs, while senior Karli Selear scored one run. Senior Mackenzie Mathies also patrolled centerfield for both matchups, while senior Cailey Jeske made her collegiate softball debut and had one at bat in the night cap against Mitchell.
The pitching had a successful afternoon as well, Korn made the start in the opener and tossed two innings while striking out one and allowing one run. Greif came on for the next two innings, striking out a pair and yielding one run. Akin made her collegiate pitching debut and tossed a hitless inning in the fifth to close out the win over Regis.
Schmick started in the circle for the Inferno in game two and went four innings to qualify for the win, as she struck out three Mariners while allowing just one run. Korn pitched the fifth inning for Alverno and struck out one batter.
The first three batters all reached in the top of the first for the Inferno as Vandertie walked and Greif was hit by a pitch. Schmick doubled down the leftfield line to drive home Vandertie to put the Inferno up by one. Jimenez connected on a ball to right center that was caught as Johnson, pinch-running for Greif raced home with the second run.
Regis scratched across a run in the bottom of the first to trim the lead in half at 2-1.
Alverno put together a seven-run inning in the second as the Inferno sent 12 batters to the plate. Rice led off with a walk and moved up to second on a stolen base. Hood walked followed by a perfectly placed bunt by Korn to shortstop to load the bases. Chapnick got the first big hit of the inning as she drove in a pair with a single to right centerfield.
Vandertie was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases before Schmick doubled down the left field line to plate a pair to make it 6-1. Jimenez singled to the opposite field to chase Vandertie home, followed by a single to left off the bat of Akin to give Alverno a seven-run lead.
Rice walked for a second time in the inning, before a wild pitch allowed Jimenez to score the seventh run of the inning before the final two batters flew out to the outfield. Schmick went right back to work in the bottom of the second and yielded a one-out walk before retiring the side.
Neither side scored in the third inning, while Alverno did not score in the top of the fourth. The first three batters reached for the Pride before a wild pitch allowed the second Regis run to score to trim the Inferno lead to 9-2.
Alverno capped off the game with five more runs in the fifth following a leadoff double by Korn, followed by an RBI groundout off the bat by Vandertie. Greif and Redlin singled, before Jimenez doubled to drive in a pair. Akin followed with a two-run home run to left field to cap off the scoring at 14.
Akin capped off the game by making her pitching debut and throwing a hitless fifth inning.
In the second game of the day Alverno served as the home team with Schmick getting the start and retiring the side in order to send the game to the bottom half of the frame.
In the first, Vandertie walked followed by a base knock by Greif before Schmick singled to load the bases. A wild pitch brought the first run across, before Jimenez drove in two more runs with a single to the opposite field as Alverno led by three heading to the second inning.
Both sides went down in order in the second before Schmick set the side down in the third inning.
Jimenez reached to open the third inning on a two-base error before Akin singled to put runners at the corner. Rice lined out to the pitcher, but as the hurler attempted to make the play to double off Jimenez, threw the ball away allowing her to score unearned to put Alverno up by four.
Mitchell broke through with a run in the fourth to trim the deficit to three, but the Inferno responded in a big way in the bottom of the frame.
Chapnick led off the frame with a single before she was erased on Vandertie's fielder's choice. Greid walked and Schmick singled to load the bases with one out. Up next was Jimenez, who drilled a ball over the left field fence for a grand slam. Akin kept the inning moving with a single, followed by a base knock off the bat of Rice. Hood drove in a run with a bunt single, while putting runners on first and second.
As the inning continued, Korn singled on a bunt down the first base line to re-load the bases to bring Chapnick up for the second time in the inning. Chapnick singled to bring in one to keep the wheel turning. Two batters later Greif singled a ball into centerfield that was misplayed by the field as three runners scored to close out the nine-run inning for the Inferno.
Korn took over in the circle in the top of the fifth and allowed a pair of runs before getting the final out to wrap-up the game in favor of Alverno by a 13-3 score.
Alverno (3-1) will continue its Florida swing on Wednesday morning, as Alverno plays St. Vincent and Bridgewater as the southern trip continues for the Inferno.