TUSCALOOSA, AL –The Marion Military Institute Lady Tigers used the long ball to break out of their losing streak, slamming four home runs, two by Kalynn Allen, to defeat Shelton State 6-3 in the nightcap here Wednesday afternoon.
After being nipped 2-1 in the opener, the Lady Tigers backed the pitching of Allen with the home run assault to capture their first conference win of the season in the second game.
"We've been on the verge of breaking through" head coach Kristi Basso said. "Today we got good pitching in both games and some big hits in the second one to get the win. Even though we have dropped some doubleheaders, we have been coming back and fighting hard in the second game only to come up short. Today it paid off."
Marion jumped to a quick 4-0 lead in the nightcap as Ashley Soos opened the game with a solo home run and Allen followed a walk to Taylor Miner and a hit batsman (Ashley Strength) with a three-run blast.
Shelton picked away at the lead, closing the gap to 4-3 until Taylor Anderson and Allen smashed solo home runs in the fifth. Allen, who walked one and fanned five, blanked Shelton over the final three innings to secure the win.
Missed opportunities proved costly in the opener. Soos opened the game with a single and Emily Tarango walked, but the Lady Tigers could not score. They plated the first run in the second as Rachel Gauspohl singled, was bunted to third by Annelise Borg and scored on Taylor Miner's single. However, that was all the Lady Tigers could manage, spoiling a fine pitching effort by Lauren Camacho who gave up only six hits.
Soos, Gauspohl and Miner accounted for the only MMI hits in the opener. Soos and Allen each had two hits in the second game. The contest marked the first time this season the Lady Tigers had hit four home runs in a game.