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|Monmouth College Softball Team Ends Regular Season with Sweep
Monmouth 5, Cornell 4
Monmouth 10 (13-20), Cornell 8
The Fighting Scots tuned up for this weekend's Midwest Conference Tournament with a 5-4, 10-8 sweep of Cornell in a non-conference regular season finale.
Cornell jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opener through the first three innings. A two-run homer from Courtney Bennett in the fourth pulled the Scots to within one at 3-2. Charlotte Hoffmann's single tied it at 3-3 in the fifth before the Rams reclaimed the lead with an unearned run in the sixth.
Bennett started the Scots' half of the sixth with a single and stole second, then advanced to third on a ground out. Ashley Sorensen then drew a walk and promptly stole second. Bennett and Sorensen then scored on an errant throw for the winning margin.
Kelsey Williams - who had started, but was relieved by Megan Butler - came on in the seventh to notch the save and give Butler the win.
Cornell jumped on the Scots early in Game 2, plating two runs on a laser shot homer in the first. Monmouth answered quickly in their half of the inning. Lauren Bergstresser led off the inning reaching on an error. She then scored on a double by Morgan Seiler. Monmouth then took the lead when Brooke Twohill slammed a two-run homer off the centerfield scoreboard. After the teams traded multiple runs in the third, the Scots took the lead for good in the fourth with three runs. The big blow was a two-run double by Kayte La Follett, driving in Bergstresser and pinch-runner Sam Seeman.
Ellissa Sexton got the win in her first action back after a preseason injury. Butler picked up the save. Twohill collected four RBIs in the nightcap and La Follett added three.