DUBUQUE, Iowa – Following their first sweep of the season, the Mount Mary University softball team will travel to Loras College today to play the Duhawks (18-6). The Blue Angels (6-12) are coming off a breakthrough of offense as they knocked 30 hits against their Association of Division III Independents rival Maranatha Baptist (2-12) yesterday.
Blue Angel Sidnee Turnage (Fr./Hesperia, Calif.) has come alive in the middle third of her season. The rookie first basemen is hitting 8-of-15 in here last four games. In the first game of yesterday's doubleheader, Turnage opened up and blasted three doubles along with a pair of RBIs. The recent surge has the freshman sitting in eighth place in the AD3I batting average race with .434.
Right behind Turnage in batting average is newcomer Katie Arce (Fr./Cypress, Calif.) who is in tenth in the AD3I in batting average (.429) and on-base percentage (.510). Arce is riding a four-game hitting streak and is hitting 6-of-13 at the plate in that time.
Getting the bulk of the innings in the circle this year is Hannah Harnsberger (Fr./Hillsboro, Ore.) who has a 6.60 ERA after logging 52.0 innings and five complete games.
The Duhawks just had their six-game winning streak snapped by Wartburg (15-11) after a 5-5 tie was broken by a seventh inning three-run walk-off homerun.
Prior to that, the six-game winning streak stemmed from the Duhawks throwing a 3.13 ERA while their offense hit .369 at the plate and averaged 6.28 earned runs per game.
At any moment, the Duhawk offense can pick up their team with the long-ball. Megan Larson and Ashley Lentine each have blasted six homeruns this season. The two also hit near the stratosphere, Larson with .449 and Lentine hitting .442, while slugging over .780.
Both games of today's doubleheader will be available with live video and statistical coverage courtesy of Loras College Athletics. Find the links to both games at mtmaryathletics.com. Coverage begins at 1:00 pm.