MONTGOMERY, AL – Riding the pitching of Kalynn Allen and Lauren Camacho, the Marion Military Institute Lady Tigers recorded their second consecutive doubleheader sweep here Wednesday afternoon, defeating Huntingdon College Junior Varsity 3-0 and 8-2.
MMI broke a scoreless tie with a three-run seventh inning to claim the opener, then picked up where they left off scoring three in the first in the nightcap en route to the one-sided victory.
Ashley Soos and Emily Tarango led the team at the plate for the twinbill, each pounding out five hits. Athena Sayrie had four hits and Andie Lopez chipped in with a two-hit performance in the nightcap.
"Hopefully, we are gaining some momentum and confidence as we near conference play," Coach Kristi Basso said after the team posted its fourth straight win and fifth victory in the last seven outings.
Allen scattered seven hits in the opener in pitching the shutout. Camacho followed by allowing only four hits in the nightcap.
MMI waited until the final inning of the first game to score and take home a victory. After both teams squandered early scoring chances, the Lady Tigers broke through as Rachel Gauspohl walked and advanced to third on Annelise Borg's single. Sayrie brought home the first run with a squeeze bunt and Soos followed with a two-run triple.
Allen retired the side in order to nail down the win. Soos and Tarango each had two hits in the game for MMI.
MMI struck quickly in the nightcap, scoring three in the first and never trailing. Soos doubled to lead off the game and scored after back-to-back singles by Tarango and Taylor Anderson. Tarango stole home and Anderson scored on Taylor Miner's RBI single.
After spotting Huntingdon two in the third, MMI countered with a run in the fourth on a single by Sayrie and Tarango's triple. The Lady Tigers added two more in the fifth as Ashley Strength walked, Miner was hit by a pitch and Lopez singled in a run. Sayrie added an RBI double. MMI added its final runs in the seventh as Gauspohl singled and pinch runer Jessica Lingelback scored on Allen's triple. Sayrie followed with an RBI single.
Meanwhile Camacho, who walked two and fanned none, retired nine of the final 10 batters to preserve the win.