Hope Softball Hurls Two Shutouts Against Loras, St. Scholastica

Three Hope College softball pitchers combined for 14 scoreless innings during two wins on Thursday in Clermont, Florida.

The Flying Dutch improved to 8-2 overall by defeating Loras, Iowa 6-0 and St. Scholastica, Minnesota 2-0.

Sydney Jones of South Lyon, Michigan (South Lyon East HS) fired a six-hit shutout against St. Scholastica. The righthander struck out eight and walked one while raising her record to 3-2.

Starter Kate Laverty of Eaton Rapids, Michigan (Eaton Rapids HS) and reliever Maddie Bellew of Jackson, Michigan (Jackson HS) blanked Loras on six hits.

Laverty, a senior, allowed five hits and one walk over six innings. She struck out five. Bellew allowed one hit in the seventh.

Against Loras, the Flying Dutch supported their pitchers with a four-run first and a two-run second.

Second baseman Sierra Mutschler of Wayland, Michigan (Wayland HS) cracked a two-run double in the first and added another RBI in the second.

Shortstop Jenna Maury of Lawton, Michigan (Lawton HS) capped the first-inning rally with a two-out, two-run single.

Against St. Scholastica, Mutschler provided all the offense the Flying Dutch needed with a two-run single in the first. 

Hope wraps up its spring break trip Friday with games against Bowdoin and Stevens Institute.

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