It was an excellent and historic weekend for the Rockets in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as the Rockets knocked off MAC west rivals Western Michigan twice in three games.
The first match of the weekend took place Friday, April 20, and it did not go the way the Rockets envisioned. In fact, it did not go the way many people envisioned it to go.
The result was a 14-inning barn burner that ended in a Bronco victory. Part of the historical weekend came during this game when third-year pitcher Heather Webb struck out a career high nine batters. She would be given the loss, however.
Going into the doubleheader the next day, the Rockets would look to avenge the loss given to them the day before. They would do just that in the first game of the doubleheader.
First-year Bailey Curry had history on her mind going into this game; she was one home run away from tying the Rocket single-season record for home runs, and she would get her home run.
Her home run helped propel the Rockets to a 3-0 victory.
The home run record has not been tied or broken since 1990, putting Curry in the record books. Third-year Kailey Minarchick would get the victory for the Rockets, her 16th on the season.
In the third and final installment of the weekend, the offense of the Rockets would find their rhythm. The Rockets would go off for eight runs, aided by a home run from fourth-year Sam Shoewalter, and 10 hits overall by the team.
With the two wins over the weekend, the Rockets achieve 30 wins in a season for the first time since 1995, giving the Rockets another historical anecdote for the weekend.
Head coach Kristen Butler was proud of her team’s effort but reiterated the team’s ultimate seasonal goals have yet to be met. “We still have two more goals for the season and those are 15 conference wins and to win the MAC Tournament,” said Butler
The Rockets will travel to Michigan again this upcoming weekend for a three-game series against Central Michigan.