CLERMONT, Fla.-- North Central opened their 2018 campaign with a pair of games in Clermont, Florida on Monday. The Rams dropped game one to Alvernia University before losing to Saint Vincent College in the nightcap at the Hancock Softball complex.
In game one versus Alvernia (Reading, Pa.), NCU jumped out to a 4-1 lead through two innings. The Golden Wolves got back a pair in the third but NCU answered with another run and led 5-3 after three frames. From there Alvernia proved too much at the plate adding three more in the fourth and fifth to take a 9-6 lead into the final inning. A pair of NCU errors in the top of the seventh allowed AU to post eight runs and put the game out of reach in an 17-6 final scoreline.
Senior Amanda Roth (Appleton, Wis./Neenah) started her season 3-5 at the plate. Junior Stephanie Caravahlo (Santa Clara, Calif./West Valley Community College) and freshman Ellee Laws (Ogden, Iowa/Ogden) were both 2-4 in their first game in an NCU uniform. Overall, the Rams showed great improvement over last season's opening double-header posting 10 runs and 18 hits, totals it nearly 10 games to reach a year ago.
Game two saw the NCU offensive output continue but a pair of errors and youthful pitching were no match for Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, Pa.) in a 21-4 loss. North Central allowed seven runs in the first inning and despite posting runs of their own in three of the five frames, the Bearcats offense pounded out 13 hits and 12 earned runs.
North Central will be back in action on Tuesday with another double-header in Clermont. The Rams take on Bates College (Lewiston, Maine) at 1 p.m. (CST) and Morrisville State College (Morrisville, N.Y.) at 6 p.m. (CST).