Sierra Mutschler's 14th career home run and a tiebreaking single for the Hope College softball team fueled a doubleheader sweep at Kalamazoo College on Wednesday.
The Flying Dutch won 4-0 and 4-3 to up their record to 16-6 overall and 6-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.
The junior second baseman from Wayland, Michigan (Wayland) capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth of Game 2 with a single to center that plated shortstop Shay Pinhey of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Pioneer) and catcher Hayley Reitsma of Grand Rapids, Michigan (GR Christian).
Reliever Katie Singer of Howell, Michigan (Hartland) scattered three runs and six hits over five innings. Singer (5-2) struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Junior Sydney Jones of South Lyon, Michigan (East) tossed two scoreless innings to start the game. She struck out three to give her 109 on the season and 362 in her career. The Flying Dutch's career record is 398 by Andrea Adams (2000-03).
In Game 1, Jones (9-2) fired a one-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts. It was her fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season.
Jones faced the minimum 21 batters. Isabella Kirck, the only baserunner, was thrown out at third by Reitsma trying to steal.
Hope gave Jones all the offense she needed with a three-run top of the first. After Reitsma's RBI single, Mutschler crushed her second home run of the season and the 14th of her career for a 3-0 lead.
Mutschler is seventh all-time for home runs in Flying Dutch career history. She needs one to tie Emma Page (2011-14) for sixth place.
Reitsma smacked a RBI triple in the sixth against Kalamazoo (10-14, 1-7 MIAA).
Hope returns to action on Saturday, April 15 with a 1 p.m. MIAA doubleheader against visiting Olivet at Wolters Stadium.