Rio Grande Sports Information
COLUMBIA, Ky. - The University of Rio Grande softball team posted one win over a Top 25 team on Friday and nearly followed it up with another.
The RedStorm posted a 3-1 win over No. 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College before dropping a 5-2 decision to 15th-ranked Davenport (Mich.) University as part of the Crossover Challenge at Lindsey Wilson Park.
Rio finished the day at 11-6 with the split, while the host Blue Raiders dropped to 11-7 and the Panthers improved to 19-1 with the win.
In the win over Lindsey Wilson, senior Jenna Jones (Lancaster, OH) earned her first victory in four decisions. The right-hander survived six walks and a hit batsmen by surrendering just two hits and striking out five in a complete game effort.
The RedStorm took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning thanks to a one-out, two-run triple by freshman Michaela Criner (Lancaster, OH) and made it 3-0 in the sixth on a two-out double by junior Gabby Gregg (Ashville, OH) and a run-scoring single by Criner.
Lindsey Wilson scored its run in the home sixth after loading the bases with one out on a trio of walks and Amber Foukes following with a run-scoring fielder's choice grounder to shortstop.
Criner finished 3-for-3 in the winning effort.
Casey Bryan started and took the loss for the Blue Raiders, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out eight in a complete game effort.
In the finale, Rio Grande took a 2-0 lead over Davenport thanks to a leadoff home run in the second inning by sophomore Kelsey Conkey (Minford, OH) and a two-out solo blast by junior Tayler Arndt (Clyde, OH) in the sixth inning.
The Panthers rallied in the home sixth, though, after being checked on two hits through the first five innings by Conkey.
Lindsay Reed opened the inning with a walk and, one out later, moved to second on an infield hit by McKenzie Rowe. Alexa Flores followed with a single to score Reed before a double by Aby Brambila brought home two more runs to give DU a 3-2 lead.
Another double by Alyssa Eastman made it 4-2 and a throwing error on Lindsay Tasma's grounder to shortstop allowed the fifth run of the inning to cross.
Mallory Teunissen retired the RedStorm in order in the seventh to nail down the win.
Teunissen tossed a complete game four-hitter, walking just one and fanning 13 en route to the win.
Flores finished with two hits for the Panthers.
Rio Grande returns to action next weekend with a trip to the hills of North Carolina for doubleheaders at Montreat College and Brevard College on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.