The Dordt softball team was on the losing end of a 5-4 decision to Alfred on Tuesday in Tucson, Arizona. <p>
The Defenders took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the second inning on two hits and two errors with Michal Hoogland knocking in a run and Andrea Pierce got a run in when her hit back to the pitcher was misplayed. Hoogland also doubled in a run in the third inning for a 3-0 lead. <p>Alfred came back with three runs on two hits and an error in the third inning. <p>Dordt took the lead back with Erica White knocking in Ashton Beaird with a double in the fifth. Alfred regained the lead with a pair of unearned runs without benefit of a hit in the fifth inning and the Defenders left two stranded in the seventh before falling 5-4.<p>Erica White was 3-4 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Michal Hoogland had two hits adn two runs batted in as Dordt outhit Alfred 9-2.<p>Haley Fligge took the loss despite allowing just the two hits with three walks and she struck out two.