CLERMONT, Fla. - The Stevenson softball team recorded 22 hits on the day as the Mustangs' offense came alive in a 5-3 win over Gordon and an 8-5 victory versus Fitchburg State on the final day of their spring break trip at Hancock Park.
The Mustangs (3-3) have posted wins in three of their last four games and have outscored their opponents, 32-19 during the stretch.
In the opener versus the Scots (2-4), junior Jasmyn Ogletree got things going with a leadoff double in the top of the second inning. Classmate Kate Finnen moved her to third before senior Nicole Dell got her home with a shot to the back of the infield to get on the board.
Gordon got one back in the bottom of the inning as the Scots scored an unearned run after a throwing error on a stolen base attempt moved the leadoff batter to third base before scoring on a sacrifice bunt.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Stevenson got the next two batters on before Stephey hit a stand up double to the center field fence to bring in both the runs and give the Mustangs a 4-1 lead.
The Scots got back within one in the bottom of the fifth after two defensive errors by the Mustangs scored two unearned runs. But Ogletree and the defense got the next three batters out, including a diving catch in centerfield by freshman Haley Lennon.
With Stevenson leading 5-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, Ogletree got the first two batters out before issuing a walk to bring up the game-tying run. The ensuing batter fouled off four straight times before junior Tiffany McKee made a sliding catch in right field to seal the victory.
Steinbach finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Stephey finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. In the pitching circle, Ogletree scattered just four hits while striking out three.
The Mustangs started off game two versus the Falcons (2-4) with four runs in the top of the first on five hits and two defensive errors. The first three batters all singled before a fielder's choice and a throwing error scored two runs.
Stevenson added a fifth run in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Ogletree. Ogletree finished 2-for-4 with one run.
Fitchburg State scored two unearned runs in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to three as the Mustangs committed two errors in the inning. The team finished with eight errors in the game. But Stevenson responded with two runs in the next inning to push the lead back to five.
A three-error sixth inning by the Mustangs scored three runs but Stevenson was able to retire the first three batters in the seventh inning, despite one more error.
Freshman Kaitlin Geary picked up her first career win after allowing eight hits and just one earned run. She also struck out six batters.
Steinbach had another three hits in the game and has a team-high nine through the opening six games. She is already one shy of her career-best of 10, which she set in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Stevenson returns to action on Thursday, March 23 when the Mustangs host a non-conference doubleheader versus Gettysburg in their home opener. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.