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Trine Athletics | April 6, 2014

No. 5 Trine tosses doubleheader shutout, runs winning streak to 19

  Trine pitchers have now thrown three consecutive five-inning shutouts.

ANGOLA, Ind. -- Fifth-ranked Trine extended its winning-streak to 19-games with a sweep over MIAA-foe Kalamazoo on Sunday.

Trine pitchers combined on one-hitters in each of the five-inning games, won by scores of 8-0 and 9-0. Kaitlyn Clark extended her hitting-streak to 11 with three hits, including another home run, and drove in five runs. Carly Searles moved into second on Trine's all-time leaderboards in hits and total bases. Bree Fuller, Bre Cooper and Searles combined to shut down the Hornets' bats. Trine improved to 20-1 overall, 4-0 in the MIAA. Kalamazoo fell to 5-9 overall and 0-4 conference play.

In the first game, the Thunder got contributions from up and down the lineup, while Fuller and Cooper combined on the one-hitter.

Fuller tossed four hitless innings, walking three and striking out five to improve to 11-1. Cooper struck out one and allowed a hit in her inning of work.

Clark, Rachel Harris and Leah Hall each rapped out two hits. Clark homered and drove in three runs, while Harris knocked in a run with an RBI-double and Hall added an RBI-single. Clark now has nine homers this season.

Jamie Schnarr tripled and drove in two runs for the Thunder. Alicia Eavey also knocked in a run.

In the second game, the Thunder struck early and often and never looked back to get the sweep.

Searles led off the game with a triple and came in to score on an RBI-single by Kendra Marshall. The triple moved Searles into second on Trine's all-time hit list, passing Sallie Richardson (2006-09). Searles has 181 hits in her career. The hit also moved Searles into second on Trine's all-time list in total bases, as she moved in front of Kara Graham (2006-09). Searles has accumulated 288 total bases in her Thunder career.

Clark and Catherine Porter each drove in two runs in the game. Searles, Marshall and Haleigh Daniels accounted for the other Thunder RBI.

Searles allowed one hit, did not walk a batter and struck out five in four innings to get the win and improve to 3-0 on the season. Cooper struck out two in her inning of work