MARQUETTE - The softball season couldn't have started any better for Finlandia University, as the Lions won all seven of their games at the Finlandia University Dome Tournament at the Superior Dome.
The Lions outscored their opposition by a combined 60-17.
Friday's game against Edgewood was their closest contest, a 1-0 walk-off win.
Finlandia had just one hit through six innings, but so did Edgewood. The Lions escaped the top of the inning despite Edgewood putting runners on the corners with one out, then put together a two-out rally. Kelli Stevens walked, Kristen Rose singled with both runners taking an extra base on an error. Paige Yoho then delivered the game-winning RBI double.
Miranda Brewer was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits and striking out 14 in a complete game.
Finlandia dumped Mount Mary 9-0 in an earlier Friday game. The Lions scored four times in the second inning and five in the fifth to put it away. Yoho and Alyson Herman recorded two hits apiece and Herman threw a complete-game one-hitter, striking out five.
Finlandia scored three in the sixth to break open a 1-1 game against Lakeland in the nightcap.
Catcher Alexis Lawley singled in the go-ahed run in the sixth and the Lions pushed two more across on an RBI groundout and an error. Kristen Rose had two hits and Brewer got the win in relief.
The Lions routed Loras 16-7 Saturday, scoring nine times in the fifth inning of a tie game.
Kari Jewett, Adrianna Osuna, Lawler, Herman and Bryna Hanson recorded two hits apiece, while Herman had two homers and five RBIs and Osuna drove in four.
Lawler and Osuna homered in a 6-2 win over Milwaukee School of Engineering. Osuna and India Slayback posted two hits apiece and Brewer allowed two runs on six hits with 12 strikeouts.
Sunday, the Lions whipped Marian 14-5. Though the Sabres tied it with five runs in the third, Finlandia closed it out with a pair in the fourth and seven in the fifth. Osuna had two hits and drove in three runs, while Herman had two hits and two RBIs. Herman was winning pitcher in relief, allowing a run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Lions wrapped up with another 10-2 win over MSOE, scoring four times in the second and five in the third.
Rose was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Herman and Brewer split pitching duties, with Herman allowing a run on five hits in three innings for the win.
The Lions will play 14 games in eight days at the Cocoa Expo in Florida next week.