OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Juniors Tiffany McKee and Jasmyn Ogletree hit their third and second home run, respectively, as the Stevenson softball team split a non-conference doubleheader versus Frostburg State Tuesday afternoon at Weinberg-Fine Stadium.
The Mustangs (6-18) recorded 14 hits in the opening 9-3 loss before posting their third win in the last four games with a 6-1 victory. The team has totaled 43 hits and scored 20 runs over the last four games after being held to 68 hits and eight runs over the previous 14 games.
Freshman Erin Stephey drew a leadoff walk in the opening game after fouling off six pitches with two strikes. The leadoff batter in 23 of the team's 24 games this season, Stephey is hitting .459, going 17-for-37, when leading off an inning.
After the leadoff batter was retired in the second inning, the Bobcats (21-11) loaded the bases after back-to-back walks. Sam Gatton brought in two runs with a single to left field before the visitors added two more unearned runs after a throwing error.
Frostburg added an additional two runs, both unearned, in the third inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, Stevenson loaded the bases with two outs before the ensuing batter lined out to first base. But with two outs, the Mustangs got three consecutive RBIs from McKee, freshman Morghan Fulton and sophomore Kayla Maggio.
A three run homer by the Bobcats in the fifth inning pushed their lead back to six as Hannah Tavik cleared the bases with a two-out shot to centerfield.
Stevenson threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning after loading the bases with one out on three straight singles by McKee, Fulton and Maggio. But Ali Caulkins finished her one inning of relief unharmed after retiring the next two batters.
McKee went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate for her team leading eighth multi-hit game. Ogletree finished 3-for-4 while Stephey and Fulton each added two hits.
The Mustangs finished with three errors while leaving 13 runners on base.
In game two, the hosts scored five runs on four hits in the opening inning as Ogletree hit a three-run home run to left field before McKee blasted a two-run shot to centerfield. McKee leads the team with six extra-base hits this season.
The Bobcats loaded the bases on three straight singles in the top of the second inning and scored a run on a fielders choice. But that was all the damage allowed as junior Brooke Steinbach retired two of the next three batters.
Another leadoff hit by Stephey helped pushed the Mustangs lead back to five as she scored on an RBI by senior Naomi Fields.
Steinbach allowed just one run while striking out three in her second consecutive win while going 3-for-4 at the plate. Stephey recorded her second consecutive multi-hit game and fourth in the last five.
Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, April 19 when the Mustangs host a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader versus Albright beginning at 3:00 p.m.