Fox Sets Home Run Record as Thunder Earn Sweep On Senior Day

Fox Sets Home Run Record as Thunder Earn Sweep On Senior Day

ANGOLA, Ind. -- Trine's Kaylee Fox set Trine's all-time home runs record as the ninth-ranked Thunder swept Adrian on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at SportONE/Parkview Softball Field.

Fox (Vermilion, Ohio / Edison) connected on her 43rd home run in game two to break Andi Gasco's (2010-13) all-time school mark. The junior has 14 homers this season. Trine took game one 16-6 on the strength of an 11-run first inning, 11 walks and 12 hits. The Thunder followed that up with a 5-0 win in game two as Fox set the home run record and Hannah Kampmann (St. Paul, Minn. / Cretin Derham Hall) fired her second career shutout. Trine improved to 30-6 overall and finished fourth in the MIAA with an 11-5 conference record.

Game One: Trine 16, Adrian 6 (5)

The 11-run first inning sparked an effort that saw 23 Thunder hitters earn their way on base via a hit or walk.

The Bulldogs struck first on a two-run homer by Paige Vanatta, but the lead lasted just two batters into the bottom of the inning. Michaela Hartline's (Niles, Mich. / Brandywine) two-run homer tied things up. Trine would go on to plate 11 runs in the inning on four hits, due in large part to eight walks. Seven Thunder in a row drew walks at one point. Fox added a two-run single and Carly Bachna (Elyria, Ohio / Elyria) hit a two-run double in the inning.

The offensive onslaught continued in the second and third innings. Hartline added a RBI-single in the second, before Trine tacked on four more in the third. Bachna launched a two-run homer, her ninth of the year, to make the score 14-2. Lainey McCue (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) hit a run-scoring single and Makenna Hartline (Niles, Mich. / Brandywine) capped the scoring with a RBI-double.

Adrian scored four in the top of the fourth for the final margin, which included a two-run double by Vanatta. She had two hits and drove in four runs in the game.

Fox's three hits led the way for the Thunder in game one, while Michaela Hartline and Bachna had a pair of hits and a team-high four RBIs. McCue added two hits and two RBIs in game one.

Game Two: Trine 5, Adrian 0

The Thunder closed out the sweep as Kampmann cruised to the complete-game shutout.

Kampmann scattered four hits, walked one and struck out a career-high seven to earn her second shutout of the year. The freshman improved to 13-2 on the year.

Trine got its first two runs on steals in the third inning. With runners on the corners, the Thunder executed the double-steal in both situations.

Catherine Porter (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth Canton) added to the scoring to celebrate Senior Day with a RBI-single in  the top of the fourth. Porter was honored after the game as the team's lone senior. She totaled a hit, two walks and the RBI in her final regular-season action at SportONE/Parkview Softball Field.

Fox's homer came on a no-doubt blast to left-center in the top of the sixth. Fox has needed less than three full seasons to eclipse the school's previous career mark. Her 14 homers this year are tied for the fourth-most in a single season in team history (Sarah Belote, 2013). Fox's career high in home runs is 16, set in her freshman campaign.

Michaela Hartline added a RBI-double in the seventh for the final margin.

Trine travels to Hope to compete in the MIAA Tournament beginning Thursday, May 4. The Thunder earned the No. 4 seed and will face the regular-season champion Flying Dutch at 1 p.m. The tournament follows a double-elimination format.