FOREST CITY – AIB College of Business completed the season sweep of the Waldorf College softball team, taking both ends of Friday's doubleheader.
The Eagles (12-18) held off the Warriors (9-17) by scores of 8-6 and 11-6.
Three home runs powered AIB in the opener. Eleven walks also allowed the Eagles to capitalize.
"We have got to do a better job of challenging hitters," Waldorf coach Denny Gilbertson said. "Nobody wins games issuing 11 free passes."
Junior Andrea Hartmann led the Warriors in the opener, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Freshman Kaylie Brindley took the loss. Brindley (5-5) struck out two batters, walked five and allowed six runs on five hits in four and two-thirds innings.
Senior Marisa Donnelly received the start for the Warriors. Donnelly finished with one strikeout and three walks. She yielded two runs on one hit and exited after one and one-third innings
Waldorf junior Maggie Hawley pitched the final inning, striking out two batters and issuing one walk.
AIB's Bailey Gaspar collected two hits, crushing a solo home run in the top of the first inning.
Carissa McBirnie (3-6) earned the win for the Eagles as she fanned seven, walked one and gave up one run on three hits in the final four and one-third innings.
Abrahamson singled to score Palmer in the first inning. Eden grounded out to bring home Barger and Abrahamson later scored on an error, pushing the Warriors to a 3-1 lead.
AIB loaded the bases with three walks in the second and Candice Vela drew a bases-loaded walk to pull the Eagles to within one run.
Waldorf extended its advantage to 5-2 as Hartmann ripped a two-run single in the third.
Megan Malvick tied the game for the Eagles with a three-run homer in the fourth.
The Warriors went back in front following an RBI double from Hartmann during the fifth.
Following two straight walks in the seventh, Jayden Ott lifted AIB with a three-run homer. The Warriors issued five walks in the final inning.
Eden went 2-for-4 with a double and Hartmann finished with two singles in the nightcap. Junior Kaitlin Murphy smashed a grand slam.
Palmer added an RBI single and freshman Briley Sullivan also singled for Waldorf.
Sullivan (0-1) was handed the loss. She notched five strikeouts, walked two and allowed seven runs (four earned) on eight hits in three and two-thirds innings
Hartmann struck out one batter and walked one while yielding four runs on four hits in two and two-thirds innings
Donnelly worked the final two-thirds inning. She walked one batter and gave up two hits
Gaspar led the Eagles, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs. AIB received two hits and two RBIs apiece from Vela and Ott. Megan Bolten also contributed a pair of singles in the Eagles' 14-hit attack.
AIB went on top 5-0 in the second. Jenna Lack belted an RBI single, Savannah Scarborough scored on an error and Gaspar cranked a three-run double.
The Warriors got on the board in the third as Palmer's single knocked in Sullivan.
Ott smacked a two-run double in the fourth, pushing the Eagles to a 7-1 lead.
Murphy cleared the bases with a grand slam to center field in Waldorf's half of the fourth. It was the fourth homer of the season for the junior from Centralia, Ill.
Sullivan crossed home plate on a wild pitch in the fourth, pulling the Warriors to within one run.
"We did a nice job of battling back after falling behind," Gilbertson said. "We showed some fight."
AIB slammed the door shut with four runs in the seventh. Sarah Sinopoli connected on an RBI single, Bolten scored on a wild pitch and Vela capped the inning with a two-run single.
Waldorf looks to regroup, opening next week's action against Dordt College (13-17) on Monday in a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Sioux Center.
"We have a lot of high-character individuals on this team," Gilbertson said. "I am confident they will continue to stay positive and come every day with their best effort."