Saline blasted Skyline in a doubleheader Monday, 18-2 and 13-3.
Saline improved to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the SEC.
The Hornets pounded 20 hits and 18 runs in just three innings in the opener. For the day, they had 31 hits and 31 runs in just eight innings.
“Our hitting is our greatest strength,” Saline coach Alicia Seegert said. “I knew were would hit the ball pretty well this year but I’m really happy with the way we’re swinging the bat.”
One of the team’s hottest hitters is shortstop Brooke Bauer.
“She’s a strong hitter, but she’s an even better shortstop,” Seegert said of her superb sophomore.
In the opening game Bauer hit two homeruns and drove in four runs to lead the Saline attack. She described her home runs.
“The first pitch was right down the middle and I knew I was going to hit it hard. I hit it right over the fence. The second one was a high pitch, I think it was a full count. I just drove it to centerfield,” Bauer said. “(I feel) more confident now. I’ve been getting better throughout the season. It feels good.”
Amanda Enners continued her hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with a double, homer and five RBI. Katherine McCollum went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Olivia Darmos was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBI. Anna-Jo Stuart also had two hits and two RBI. Kelsey Alexander went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Ashley heren and Rachel Dunn each had two hits and two runs scored. Katie Knight walked, singled and scored.
Pitcher Emily Baldus went three innings, giving up five hits and two runs. She struck out four and walked none.
Saline started a little slower in the second game. Skyline scored three runs in the top of the first inning. The Hornets scored two in each of the first two innings and then three in the third to take control. After a run in the fourth the Hornets scored five in the fifth.
Bauer’s double to center scored the 13th run to activate the mercy rule.
Saline had 11 hits. McCollum (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Enners (2-for-4, 1 RBI), Baldus (2-for-3, double, 1 RBI) and Bauer (2-for-4, 1 RBI) each had two hits. Olivia Darmos was 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI. Kelsey Leppert was 1-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored. Alexander also had a hit and two runs scored. Anna Kincaid scored twice and pinch runner Katie Knight scored three times.