Elon University Softball Splits Doubleheader vs. Providence

The Elon University softball team split a doubleheader against the Providence University Brothers on February 18, losing the first game 8-1 and win the second game 8-7.

After a slow start for Elon in Game 1, the junior captain’s bat Megan Grant ignited Phoenix’s momentum in Game 2.

Hitting three straight triples in the first, second and third innings, Grant tied the NCAA record for most triples in a game.

“It was so exciting and I was so surprised and happy,” Grant said.

Grant said the difference between games one and two for Elon was the team’s aggressiveness at home plate.

“It’s all about that offensive mindset when we get to the plate, and offensive pitching was key for us today,” Grant said.

The head coach Kathy Bocock attributed the Phoenix’s ability to rebound and start strong in Game 2 to the leadership of the team captains.

“There was definitely an adrenaline shift between our first and second games,” Bocock said. “Our captains did a great job of getting the energy up and leading the team, especially because we have so many freshmen on our roster. We were able to start much stronger in Game 2.

Other notable performances through the doubleheader came from sophomore third baseman Gabi Schaalwho made several diving plays at third base and scored the game-winning single late in the seventh inning of Game 2, and senior outfielder Rebecca Murraywho had four hits and a home run in both games.

The Phoenix will return to Hunt Park for a doubleheader against the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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