Fort Wayne (incnow.tv)- Big hitting in the opener, and clutch hits in the nightcap pushed IPFW to a doubleheader sweep of the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Tuesday afternoon 10-2 and 5-4, as Ashleigh Bousquet's RBI single in the first inning of the opener pushed her to the career record in the category.
Alex Bousquet was 5-for-6 on the day with four runs scored and two RBI's, while Hillary Kartman was 4-for-7, including the game-winning RBI in the finale.
Miranda Kramer picked up two wins in the circle on the day with a 2.33 ERA and nine strikeouts in six innings, while Megan Flenniken went seven innings, striking out seven and walking two.
The Mastodons (18-8) erupted in the first inning of the game, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs in the bottom half of the frame. The inning opened with a strikeout, before the next six batters reached base, with Alex Bousquet earning an RBI with a bases-loaded walk, before Kartman singled up the middle scoring one. A Flenniken single scored Dani Pugh, before Kayti Hanson drew the team's second bases-loaded walk of the game, putting IPFW ahead 4-0.
Larissa Franklin followed with a second-straight RBI walk, before Brittany Kachur singled home Hanson and Flenniken, setting the table for Ashleigh Bousquet's record-setting RBI - scoring Franklin - the eighth and final run of the inning.
Each teams' bats went silent for the next three innings, as Kramer, off of a one-hit effort in the circle on Sunday, kept the Eagles (10-21-1) hitless through the top of the fifth inning, when the leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch, before Amanda Stanton singled through the left side for EMU's first - and only - hit of the game. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, before the Eagles got their first run of the game on another wild pitch. A groundout to shortstop Alex Bousquet scored the team's second run, closing the gap to six at 8-2 after the top half of the fifth inning.
With the mercy rule out of reach, and forcing the Mastodons to bat in the bottom half of the inning, Alex Bousquet opened the inning with a bunt single before stealing second base, scoring on a pinch-hit from Stephanie Beuther. After a Hanson walk, Franklin singled home Beuther, and putting the margin to eight, enough to evoke the mercy rule, and ending the game with a 10-2 IPFW victory.
Two players, Kachur and Ashleigh Bousquet, each had two hits, as Alex Bousquet scored twice, with Franklin and Kachur each driving in a pair.
Kramer improved to 10-4 on the season, striking out seven in five innings of work, giving up just one hit and two runs, throwing two wild pitches and hitting two batters.
Eastern Michigan, who struggled to score in the opener until the fifth inning, put up a run in both the first and third innings to push ahead to a 2-0 lead.
IPFW answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth on an Alex Bousquet solo home run, and another run in the bottom of the fifth when Kartman singled home Dani Pugh.
With the teams tied for the first time in the game, Eastern Michigan put together two more one-run innings, leading 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
The rally began on a Flenniken RBI single that scored Alex Bousquet, before Franklin single through the left side to force extra innings when Kartman scored.
Eastern Michigan would only manage a hit in the top of the eighth inning, before back-to-back walks and a bunt single loaded the bases with no outs in the frame, before Kartman proved the hero of the game with a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Ashleigh Bousquet, and ending the game.
Alex Bousquet was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles, while scoring twice. Kartman was 3-for-5 with two RBI's, while Franklin added two hits, going 2-for-5 in the game.
Megan Flenniken got a no-decision as the team's starter, striking out seven in seven innings of work, giving up two earned runs and walking a pair. Kramer came in for the eighth inning, earning the victory by striking out two in the only inning she pitched.
The Mastodons return to action on Friday, April 12, when the squad travels to Vermillion, S.D. to face off against the Coyotes of the University of South Dakota in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.
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