The John Carroll University softball team endured a tough weekend, compiling a 1-3 record after splitting its Ohio Athletic Conference opener and falling twice to No. 8, Trine University.
The conference opener for the Blue Streaks against Muskingum University marked the worst loss in program history. The Blue Streaks fell in the first game, 37-1.
This marked the most lopsided defeat in Blue Streak softball history. JCU struggled early on, as senior pitcher Rachel Byrnes gave up six runs in the first 2 1/3 innings. The designated hitter for Muskingum, Jessica Mathews, started the onslaught with a one-out, two-run home run.
Junior Alyssa Coleman and sophomore Carly Simecek offered the only bright spots for the JCU offense in the first matchup. Coleman recorded a double in the bottom of the first, followed by an RBI single from Simecek.
The fourth inning proved to be the fatal inning for the Blue Streaks. Muskingum scored 22 runs in the top of the fourth.
According to JCU Sports Information, this was just four shy of tying the NCAA Division III record for runs scored in one inning.
The Fighting Muskies did not stop there, however. Muskingum added seven more runs in the top of the fifth inning before the mercy rule came into play after the fifth inning was completed.
Despite the record-breaking loss, the Blue Streaks showed impressive resiliency during the second game of the day. Sophomore Ann Marie Kirchner, a first-year pitcher, was trusted getting the Blue Streaks back on track.
“I just wanted to come out and prove to everyone that the first game was not a good representation of the way our team can play,” Kirchner said.
Kirchner did just that, as she allowed only one run on eight hits, allowing JCU to walk away with a 9-1 win.
The Blue Streaks faced another tough test on Sunday, March 22 as they faced off against No. 8 in the nation, Trine.
Trine dominated both games of the double header, winning 3-1 and 8-0.
Editor’s Note: The Blue Streaks split a double-header against Hiram College on Tuesday, March 24, winning game one 5-2 and falling in game two 7-5. For a full game recap and boxscore head to jcusports.com.