College Baseball | RCTC wins four straight
Rochester Community and Technical College rolled past Riverland in a pair of five-inning games in junior college softball on Monday.
The games were moved up a day to avoid possible weather problems. RCTC won the first game 14-5 and captured the nightcap 10-1.
Down 2-0 after a half inning in the opener, the Yellowjackets scored five times in the bottom of the first and never trailed again. Jordan Nelson was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two doubles and Anna Ramboldt was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a double. Melissa Farrell hit a triple and drove in three runs and Halie Damon was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Erin Hain pitched all five innings and allowed five runs for the win.
Laura Carnell allowed one run on six hits to win the second game. She was aided by a quick start as RCTC scored four times in the first.
Brittany Johnson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Ramboldt was 2-for-3 and drove in four runs. Damon, Nelson, Sultanna White and Katie Busse all had one hit and one RBI.
"(We) had some nice solid defense in both games both in the infield and outfield," RCTC coach Jean Musgjerd said. "Due to an injury to our short stop Katie Melver we had a difference defensive set up than normal but Katie Busse filled in really well and did a nice job at short for both games."
• RCTC also won a pair of games on Sunday against St. Cloud Tech. RCTC won the opener 11-10 in eight innings, scoring the winning run on a two-out error. Carnell collected the win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief and also had a key two-run single to tie the game in the seventh.
Johnson was 3-for-5 with a double while Ramboldt and Melissa Farrell were both 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Melver added a two-run homer, her third homer of the week.
RCTC won the second game 10-2 in sixth innings. Carnell pitched a two-hitter for the win.
Ramboldt was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, Busse was 3-for-3 with a double, Damon drove in two runs and Farrell was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Yellowjackets (14-12, 11-3 Southern Division) will host Anoka-Ramsey on Friday at 3 p.m. in the team's annual "Bat for the Battle," a effort to raise money for cancer.