KINGSFORD - The Houghton softball team finally got outdoors Monday, opening the main portion of its schedule with a split of two close games at Kingsford.
The Gremlins dropped the opener 3-2 before a pair of four-run innings helped them pull ahead for an 11-7 win in game two.
In the opener, Kingsford did all its damage in the third inning and Houghton's seventh-inning rally fell just short.
Pitcher Laura Ruohonen had two hits and scored a run after driving in Bekah Goodreau for the first run of the seventh. Ruohonen struck out seven Flivvers and walked three.
Flivver pitcher Emily Murdock held the Gremlins to just three hits, struck out six and delivered a pair of hits to support her own cause.
In game two, Houghton got the bats going. Freshman Colleen Toorongian went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and Anna Gaffney went 4-for-5.
Jill Toorongian notched three singles and scored on each trip and Jill Keskimaki recorded two doubles and scored three times.
Houghton put up the first of back-to-back four-run innings in the fourth to break a 2-2 tie.
Protecting an 11-7 advantage in the bottom of the seventh, Kingsford threatened with the bases loaded, but the Gremlins got out of the jam after an infield fly, a fly ball to centerfield and a force play from Jill Toorongian at third to Colleen Toorongian at second.
The Gremlins are scheduled to travel to Westwood today. Their home opener Wednesday vs. Ironwood has been postponed due to field conditions.