Softball stays in the playoff hunt with split at Peru State College

Ravens drop game one 2-1, win game two 4-2 in 8 innings

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013

PERU, Neb. – The Raven softball team hit the home stretch on Saturday afternoon with a conference doubleheader against Peru State College.

Peru State took game one 2-1 and then Benedictine rallied to take the finale 4-2 in eight innings.

Katelyn Nill (Jr., Lenexa) suffered the loss in game one, throwing a complete-game three hitter while giving up two earned runs.

Shortstop Megan Eldridge (Soph., Arvada, Colo.) went 1 for 3 with a double while third baseman Ashley Dobbie (Sr., Overland Park) drove in the Ravens lone run.

In game two, Mallory Goulding (Fr., Plainfield, Ill.) and Annie Turbyfill (Fr., Chillicothe, Mo.) combined to pitch for the Ravens.

Goulding gave up one run off three hits in five innings of work while striking out two,  before giving way to Turbyfill for the final three innings. Turbyfill also gave up three hits but limited Peru State to one run giving Benedictine a chance to win the game in extra innings.

The Ravens scored their two runs in the eighth on a double by first baseman Carli Dankenbring (Soph., Rossville) scored left fielder Allison McCormick (Jr., Pittsburg) and single by Kellie Bachkora (Fr., Lee's Summit, Mo.) scored Dankenbring.

Dobbie added a double and two RBIs while designed player Crystal Haugsness (Fr., Edgerton, Mo.) and catcher Melani Braun (Fr., Columbus, Mo.) each finished with a 2 for 4 effort at the plate.

With the split, the Ravens have jumped back into the playoff picture as they host Evangel University at 3 p.m. Sunday.

At 5-9, the Ravens are currently sitting in seventh place in the HAAC standings with the top eight teams in the conference meeting the first weekend in May at the Blue Valley Recreation Complex for the 2013 HAAC Tournament.