Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College softball team had a pair of double-digit hitting performance in earning a doubleheader sweep of Wilmington College, 6-4 and 6-3, on Saturday at Behrens Field.
Freshman Taylor Johnson (Beech Grove, Ind./Beech Grove) led the offensive effort in the opener, going 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. The catcher hit a three-run home run in the first inning to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead.
Franklin (8-4) took a 4-1 lead in the third inning on a run-scoring double by Johnson. The hosts added two insurance runs in the sixth inning to build a 6-1 advantage.
Wilmington (6-7) mounted a rally in the seventh inning, plating three runs to trim the deficit to 6-4. The Quakers had the potential game-tying run in scoring position, but sophomore McKensie Vanosdol (North Vernon, Ind./Jennings County) got a strikeout to secure the victory.
Freshman Bailey Lindamood (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) struck out five batters in 6.1 innings to pick up the victory. Vanosdol recorded her first save of the season.
In the second game, Franklin grabbed an early lead with two runs in the first inning. A single by Vanosdol plated junior Jessica Ayers (Frankfort, Ind./Frankfort) to start the scoring. Johnson followed with a single to score Vanosdol in the first inning.
Wilmington got a run back in the top of the third inning. However, the Grizzlies answered with three straight two-out singles to plate runs in the fourth inning. Base hits by freshmen Jeana Gregory (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville), Jessica Thom (Mooresville, Ind./Monrovia) and Ayers produced the offense. Franklin added another run in the fifth inning.
Vanosdol improved to 6-1 in the circle, striking out six batters in a complete-game effort.
Individually, Johnson went 4-for-7 with six runs batted in on the afternoon. Ayers recorded four hits and scored two runs. Gregory and Thom had multiple-hit efforts in the second game.
Sunday's doubleheader against Berea College has been postponed due to winter weather. The games will be rescheduled for a later date.
Franklin returns to action on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. when it travels to Oakland City University.