LEESBURG, Fla. - The Stevenson softball team hit four home runs on the day, including a pair by sophomore Morghan Fulton, but the Mustangs allowed a combined 26 hits in a 10-2 loss versus Smith and a 10-5 loss versus Simpson Saturday afternoon at Sleepy Hollow Athletic Complex.
In the opener versus Smith, the Mustangs (1-3) were held to a season-low five hits with their two runs coming off solo home runs from Fulton and junior Erin Stephey. Fulton's second inning home run gave Stevenson a 1-0 lead before Stephey's solo blast in the fifth erased a 1-1 tie.
The Pioneers' (1-0) bats came alive in the fifth inning as Elodie Townsend cleared the bases with a two-out double to left field to spark a four-run inning. Smith loaded the bases with the first three batters before Fulton was able to work the next two batters, including a swining strike out for the second out. The Pioneers offense stayed hot in the sixth inning, bringing in five runs to end the game in six innings.
Stephey had two of the team's five hits while freshman Kayla Briles drew a pair of walks.
In the second game, the Mustangs fell behind by five runs after a four-run first inning by Simpson. Fulton got Stevenson on the board in the bottom of the second inning with her second solo blast of the day to center field. Behind 7-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the Mustangs scored four runs to get withing two, including a solo home run by senior Tiffany McKee and RBIs by Stephey, Briles and sophomore Danielle Ebbighausen.
Briles finished with a career-best three hits while Stephey added another two. Freshman Haley Monahan struck out two batters in relief.
Stevenson returns to action on Sunday, March 11 when the Mustangs face Wisconsin-Stout and Olivet beginning at 2:00 p.m.