DiGrande Hits First Career Home Run in Mustangs Set Back

DiGrande Hits First Career Home Run in Mustangs Set Back

LEESBURG, Fla. - Stevenson softball freshman Alexandra DiGrande hit her first career home run, a three-run homer, but the Mustangs' 19 hits were not enough as the team dropped a pair of games, 9-3 versus Wisconsin-Stout and 13-8 versus Olivet.

The Mustangs (1-5) reached double digit hits for the fourth time in six games this season but allowed double digit hits for the fourth and fifth time.

In the opening game, the Blue Devils (2-1) scored four runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth to build an 8-1 lead. The lone Mustang run came off a sacrifice fly from junior Erin Stephey that scored senior Brooke Steinbach. Stephey later hit her second home run of the season, a two-run shot to left center that scored DiGrande.

DiGrande finished with a pair of hits in the game while Stephey totaled three RBIs.

The Mustangs opened the second game versus the (6-2) second game with a 3-0 lead after scoring three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning, including an RBI by senior Kate Finnen. Olivet scored 10 unanswered over the third, fifth and sixth innings, however to take a 10-3 lead 

Steinbach hit an RBI single in the sixth inning before senior Tiffany McKee hit an RBI single in the seventh inning. DiGrande then blasted a three-run homer to centerfield for her first career RBIs.

Stephey, McKee, Steinbach and freshman Kayla Briles all recorded two hits in the game.

Stevenson returns to action on Tuesday, March 13 when the Mustangs face Hamilton and Southern Maine with the opening game beginning at 11:00 a.m.