CLERMONT, Fla. - Stevenson softball senior Kate Finnen recorded her 100th career hit as the Mustangs offense exploded for 24 runs and 32 hits in a pair of non-conference wins to cap their spring break trip with a 4-2 record Wednesday morning at Minneola Athletic Complex.
The Mustangs (5-5) opened the morning with a 5-0 victory over Maine-Farmington before the bats came alive in a 19-0 victory versus Lancaster Bible to level the team's record to .500 heading into conference play.
After being held without a hit through the first two innings versus the Beavers (1-4), the Stevenson bats came alive in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with just one out. With two outs and the bases still loaded, senior Jasmyn Ogletree hit a two-RBI single through the right side before sophomore Morghan Fulton took the first pitch up the middle to tack on another run.
During that inning, Finnen singled through the left side to load the bases with two outs and reach the century hit mark in her career.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, sophomore Danielle Ebbighausen and junior Erin Stephey hit back-to-back triples down the right field line, increasing the Mustangs lead to 4-0 before Ogletree and the Stevenson defense followed up with a three up, three down inning in the top of the fifth. Ogletree then opened the bottom half of the inning with a leadoff double to right center before Finnen knocked in the run with a double.
Ogletree allowed just one hit over the next two innings, including another three up, three down inning in the seventh. She allowed just six hits in the pitching circle. Ogletree, Stephey, Finnen and Ebbighausen all finished with two hits.
The Mustangs started the second game versus the Chargers (2-8) where they left off in the first, as Stephey hit a leadoff triple to right center to start the game. Freshman Kayla Briles put two runners on base after an infield single to the pitcher before stealing second, her seventh steal of the season. But both runners were stranded after back-to-back fly outs ended the inning.
Stevenson exploded in the second inning, scoring 14 runs, including three RBIs a piece by Stephey and McKee while Ogletree had two RBIs and Briles, Finnen, and DiGrande all had one. The Mustangs added three runs in the fourth inning and a pair of runs in the fifth inning to cap a season-high 19 runs.
Briles finished 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs while Stephey and McKee both went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. In the pitching circle, Fulton threw her second consecutive shutout after recording her first career shutout yesterday. Fulton scattered just two hits in the win.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, March 17 when the Mustangs open MAC Commonwealth play in the home opener Widener. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.