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Pioneers and Big Red split

Rachel Laughlin homered in Denison's 2-1 win over Marietta.
Rachel Laughlin homered in Denison's 2-1 win over Marietta.

A pair of solo home runs led Denison to a 2-1 victory over Marietta in game one, but the Pioneers struck back in game two for a 12-1 victory, forcing a split at Marietta Field on Sunday afternoon.

In the opener, Denison junior Rachel Laughlin homered to center field in the top of the second inning, giving the Big Red a 1-0 lead.  In the top of the third inning it was Meghan Edwards, who was coming off a two-home run day on Saturday at Case Western Reserve.  Just like Laughlin, Edwards went deep, over the wall in center, giving DU a 2-0 advantage.

Rebecca Dyer was in the circle for the Big Red and she turned in one of her best outings of the season.  Dyer went seven innings, allowing one run off four hits while striking out 11.  Denison won the game 2-1 and Dyer improved to 6-4 on the season while lowering her ERA to 2.78.

In the nightcap, Marietta touched up Denison starter Kelsey Hager for 12 runs off 12 hits, to lock up a 12-1 victory.  The lone bright spot for the Big Red was Edwards, who homered for the fourth-straight game.

With the split, Denison moves to 12-8 on the season.  The Big Red will resume North Coast Athletic Conference  play on Wednesday (April 10) when they travel to DePauw for a doubleheader with the Tigers slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.