PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Kylea Weber cranked her first two collegiate home runs and Cornell's softball team hit the 20-win mark for the fourth consecutive year in Friday's 2-0, 11-8 Midwest Conference sweep of Carroll.
Game 1 counted as a rescheduled conference game, moving the red-hot Rams (21-8) into second place in the South Division with 12 points and an 8-3 record. Coach Shanda Ness' club has won 10 of its last 11 contests, including five in a row.
Weber, the team's No. 9 hitter, keyed the Game 2 victory with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate that included a double, two homers, three runs and six RBIs. The junior outfielder doubled in two runs in the second inning, followed by a two-run homer in the third, and then another two-run blast in the seventh.
Weber recorded her team-leading eighth multi-RBI game of the year. She raised her season RBI total to 27, also best on the team.
Freshman Kendra Christensen also went deep in the nightcap, going 2-for-3 with a solo shot in the second. It was her fourth home run this season.
Brianna Carney and Renata Rankin both finished 2-for-4, while Rebekah Ozga had a hit and two RBIs.
Mary Baldwin (1-1) picked up her first win in the circle, working 1.1 innings in relief. Jackie Sernek earned the save, striking out three and holding the Pioneers (8-20) hitless over the final 2.2 innings.
Christensen provided the clutch hit in a tight Game 1 victory that was scoreless heading into the bottom of the sixth. Sabrina Hargis walked, Caitlin Bisinger doubled, and both came around on Christensen's single up the middle that gave the Rams a 2-0 lead.
The two runs were more than enough for Sernek (12-3), who crafted a complete-game three-hitter. The senior right-hander fanned 10 Pioneers and became the third Ram pitcher to post 300 strikeouts in a career, now with 306.
Rankin had two of Cornell's six hits, which included a double.
Coming up – Cornell plays host to Knox (2-25, 0-9 MWC) Tuesday, April 22, for a 4:30 p.m. South Division doubleheader on Senior Day at Mount Vernon Softball Complex.