On a day where the wind made pitchers work harder to keep their respective teams in the game, Lake Forest College (13-16, 8-3 MWC) swept the Knox softball team (5-17, 0-8 MWC) 13-6 and 11-2 in a Midwest Conference doubleheader on Tuesday in Galesburg. The games had been rescheduled from Monday due to weather.
In game one, the two teams combined to plate 10 runs in the first inning alone, with the Foresters holding a 6-4 lead after the first frame. Lake Forest then scratched one run in the second through sixth innings off Knox’s freshman starter, Anna Lemen. Freshman reliever Amber Eisha surrendered two runs in relief in the seventh.
The Fire received three hits apiece from sophomore Brittany Wisniewski and junior Beth McRill. Wisniewski also drove in three runs, as did Eisha, who homered in the first inning. Lemen (1-7) finished the game giving up eight earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
Game two, which was shortened by the mercy rule, saw the Foresters continuing the offensive onslaught. Eisha (3-10) was touched up for 10 earned runs in six innings pitched. McRill added two more hits and Eisha, who homered again, drove in both Prairie Fire runs.
Weather permitting, it will be a busy week for the Prairie Fire. This Saturday, Knox hosts Grinnell College in a 1 p.m. doubleheader before travelling to Monmouth College on Sunday. The last games of the year are scheduled for Tuesday, May 3 at Augustana College.
Track competes in Monmouth quadrangular
Though the meet was unscored, the Prairie Fire track and field team competed against strong competition (Illinois Wesleyan, Monmouth College and Western Illinois University) in the Monmouth Midweek Invitational at Monmouth College on Tuesday.
Strong performances were turned in by sophomore Joe Puntoriero (long jump, 4th) and junior Tanner Carlson (400 meter dash, 3rd). Additionally, the men’s 4×100 meter relay team of freshman Aramis McGinty, Carlson, senior Courtney Jude,and Puntoriero finished second.
The track and field team will compete this Saturday at the Illinois College Twilight in Jacksonville, Ill. at 10 a.m.
Men’s tennis drops match
Knox (2-15) hosted Coe College on April 23 in a men’s tennis matchup. Although the Prairie Fire started well, with junior Erik Hane needing just 12 games to win the number one singles match in straight sets. Sophomore David Ham won for the Prairie Fire at number three, but Coe took the other four singles matches.
Hane and sophomore Shaun Mulani also took the number one doubles match for the Fire.
Knox hosts Grinnell and Monmouth in the final regular season and Midwest Conference matchups on Saturday. Start times are 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Baseball’s Smoy honored
After a tough weekend at Monmouth a week ago, freshman outfielder Erik Smoy rebounded for a big day when Monmouth came to Knox. For his efforts, he was named Prairie Fire Performer of the Week.
He went 3-for-6 at the plate with four RBIs and four runs scored, including a key grand slam in the Prairie Fire’s big fifth inning in the second game.
Smoy is hitting .291 for the season and is reaching base at a .415 clip.