CLERMONT -- Sunday brought another split for the Mitchell College softball team at The Spring Games, beginning with a 2-0 victory over Rosemont College and ending with a 6-2 setback against Alvernia University.
Kacee Hirst pitched all 13.0 innings on the day and recorded her first career shutout. The rookie right-hander is now 2-2 on the year.
Mitchell (2-2 overall) will have a day off before returning to action with games against Concordia College (Minn.) and Rose-Hulman University on Tuesday, March 3.
Game 1 - Mitchell 2, Rosemont 0
Both of Mitchell's runs came in the bottom of the first inning with the help of a Rosemont fielding error. After a double by Madison Nicynski and a single by Alex Lopez gave the Mariners runners at the corners with two outs, Kaitlin Thibodeau-Corey hit a fly ball that was botched by the right fielder and allowed both runners to score.
Hirst, who retired 12 straight batters at one point, allowed only three hits in the contest and issued a pair of walks. She also struck out four and needed only 78 pitches to get through the game.
Nicynski and Lopez each finished with a pair of hits to lead the Mitchell offense.
Game 2 - Alvernia 6, Mitchell 2
Things looked good for the Mariners early as they jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the first inning. Thibodeau-Corey drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the first run and Laurissa Amaker followed with a fielder's choice to drive in the second.
The Golden Wolves cut the deficit in half in the second inning but then seized control behind a five-run fifth. Alvernia ignited the rally with three straight hits, but shaky defense from the Mariners contributed to the onslaught of runs.
Alvernia pitcher Ally Decker kept the Mariners off balance for most of the game, surrendering just one hit after the first inning. She finished with three strikeouts over 7.0 innings. Hirst allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits and struck out one.