Softball Sweeps Trine; Sierra Mutschler Breaks Career Home Run Record

Second baseman Sierra Mutschler slugged her record-breaking 24th and 25th career home runs for the Hope College softball team and helped the 20th-ranked Flying Dutch sweep 13th-ranked Trine on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch won 8-2 and 6-3 to remain even with first-place Saint Mary's in the loss column in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings.

Hope is now 23-4 overall and 9-1 in MIAA play. No. 7 Saint Mary's has a 13-1 league record — with its lone loss to the Flying Dutch.

In Game 1, Mutschler, pictured, capped Hope's scoring with a three-run homer in the seventh. The senior from Wayland, Michigan (Wayland HS) passed catcher Carrie Scott, who totaled 23 home runs between 1998-2001.

Shortstop Savannah Dixon of Niles, Michigan (Edwardsburg) opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second inning for a 2-0 lead.

Designated player Katie Singer of Howell, Michigan (Hartland) smacked a two-run triple in the fourth.

Winning pitcher Sydney Jones of South Lyon, Michigan (East) scattered six hits and one earned run over seven innings. Jones (12-1) struck out seven and walked one.

In Game 2, Hope grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back RBI singles from catcher Hayley Reitsma of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Grand Rapids Christian) and Mutschler.

The Flying Dutch extended their lead to 6-1 with a four-run third that included a three-run homer from Mutschler.

Dixon added an RBI single in the rally.

Singer (9-3) went the distance on the mound. She yielded six hits and five walks, but struck out seven.

Hope returns home on Monday for a 3:30 p.m. makeup doubleheader against Calvin. It is Senior Day.

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