Costly Errors Lead to 5-3 Loss in Highlanders' Season Opener

March 10, 2014

The MacMurray College women's softball team opened the 2014 season with a 5-3 loss to Stephens College Monday in a game played at Jacksonville High School.  Monday's game also marked the first game of Highlander head coach Lexy Determan's coaching career.

The Highlanders jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when freshman pitcher Michala Swanger singled in sophomore shortstop Mika Morgan.

The visiting Stars tied the game with a solo home run in the top of the second.  Stephens took advantage of four MacMurray College errors to score a pair of unearned runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

The Highlanders rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning when Morgan homered to right field.

Morgan went 3-4 in the game with two runs batted in and two runs scored.  Swanger also went 3-4 with an RBI.  Swanger went the distance on the mound in her collegiate debut. 

The second game was cancelled due to poor field conditions.

Stephens College improved to 2-5 with the win; while the Highlanders fell to 0-1 on the season.  MacMurray College will travel to Harris-Stowe State College on Sunday for a non-conference doubleheader.

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