Conference-leading Gustavus swept the Oles 10-2 and 8-2 in MIAC action. Consistent scoring from the Gusties dug a hole too deep for St. Olaf to climb out of. In game one, first baseman Chelsey Rodd 06 went 2 for 3. Stepping up at the plate for the Oles in game two was second baseman Emily Hennig 08, who also went 2 for 3.
The following day the Oles had another home doubleheader against Luther. In the first contest, Laura Torgerson 06 pitched a solid eight innings, but the Norse slipped by the Oles 4-2 in extra innings.
The second game of the afternoon was another low-scoring contest between the two teams. With Bekki Hagen 06 on the mound and a series of solid hits from third baseman Rose Keimig 06 and Rodd 06, the Oles took the second game 3-2.
Our team has made huge improvements this year, Hagen said. We have come out aggressive with our bats. We can always hit more, but we are starting to believe in ourselves and it is really showing.
On April 9, the Oles jumped back into MIAC play and traveled north to face St. Bens. Game one of the afternoon was a tight battle between the two squads, with the Blazers edging out the Oles by one run. Hennig had another solid game going 2 for 3 and Lindsay Weier 06 added a pair of RBI.
The Oles got off to a hot start in the second game, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after one inning. Weier led the way for the Oles by going 3-4 at the plate and Hagen picked up another win on the mound, striking out nine.
This past week, we settled down and played well for not just the length of an entire game, but an entire doubleheader, Henning said. We nearly swept both Luther and St. Ben's, both of which are very good programs.
In the last few weeks the Oles have already shown great improvement from last year. Already, the Oles have won more games than in the whole 2004 season, and a bulk of the regular season still remains during which Oles can earn a playoff spot. The Oles have great opportunities in the next few weeks to turn more heads and pick up more wins.
We are really looking forward to coming out aggressive, staying aggressive and sweeping teams, Hagen said. We have been splitting with teams, but we know that we can play any team and so we are looking forward to taking two victories instead of just one victory and a should have.
Now 4-4 in MIAC play and 11-11 overall, the Oles take on crosstown rival Carleton with bragging rights on the line and a chance to move over .500 is today at 4 p.m. at Mabel Shirley Field in Northfield.