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College Softball: Rochester sweeps Ridgewater

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ROCHESTER -- Emily Roelike went 7-for-8 Friday, but Ridgewater got swept by Rochester in a MCAC Southern Division softball doubleheader.

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Ranked No. 5 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, Rochester (11-1, 19-8) held Ridgewater (8-4, 15-7) to five hits en route to winning the opener 9-1 in six innings.

Rochester is on top of the South over Riverland and Ridgewater.

Roelike then went 5-for-5 in the second game for the Lady Warriors, but Rochester outlasted the visitors 5-4 in nine innings.

Brooke Henderson knocked in the only run for Ridgewater in the opener with a double that plated Brandi Bodin in the fifth inning.

Rochester was held scoreless for the first two innings before stinging Kristin Kahle and Ridgewater for seven runs in the third and fourth innings. Caitlyn Donahoe sparked the Yellowjacket offense with a three-run homer and a triple.

Roelike led off the second game with what seemed like a simple single to left field. But the Rochester left fielder misplayed the hit and the ball rolled all the way to the fence, allowing Roelike to score.

Singles from Henderson and Bodin allowed Roelike to score in the third and Roelike would later slug a two-run homer that brought in Jodi Merritt in the fourth to put Ridgewater ahead 4-3. But the Lady Warriors would be held scoreless the rest of the way as Deanna Mock, the winning pitcher in the first game, struck out 11 without issuing a walk in 6Xc innings of relief.

Ridgewater wasted many opportunities, however, as it stranded nine base runners with eight being in scoring position.

The Lady Warriors are in Cambridge today for a doubleheader that starts at noon against Anoka-Ramsey.

Game One

Rochester 9, Ridgewater 1

Ridgewater 000 010 -- 1 5 4

Rochester 003 402 -- 9 13 1

HITTING - Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 2-for-3; Brooke Henderson 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Kristin Kahle 1-for-2 ... Rochester: Caitlyn Donahoe 3-for-4, 3b, 3-run HR, 4 rbi; Kenz Loewenhagen 2-for-3, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Kristin Kahle (L) 51/3-13-9-5-0-4 ... Rochester: Deanna Mock (W) 6-5-1-1-2-7

Game Two

Rochester 5, Ridgewater 4

Ridge (8-4, 15-7) 101 200 000 -- 4 12 2

Roc. (11-1, 19-8) 120 010 001 -- 5 8 1

HITTING - Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 5-for-5, 2-run HR, 3 runs, 2 rbi; Brandi Bodin 2-for-5, 2b; Brooke Henderson 1-for-4, rbi; Jodi Merritt 2-for-4, 3b; Tiffany Volk 1-for-4 ... Rochester: Riley Hanson 2-for-3; Anna Ramvoldt 2-for-5, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Jodi Merritt (L) 81/3-8-5-3-1-2 ... Rochester: Erin Hain 21/3-6-2-1-0-0, Deanna Mock (W) 62/3-6-2-2-0-11

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