Hess was instrumental in two Blugold victories Saturday at the Rosemount Irish Sports Dome in Minnesota. Eau Claire opened its season defeating the College of St. Benedict (Minn.) 8-0 and followed with an 8-4 victory over the Blazers in game two. In game one, Hess led the Blugolds with three hits and three runs, to go along with one RBI. She also stole three bases. After striking out in her initial at-bat, Hess then had three straight singles in the third, fifth and seventh innings. She continued her hitting streak in the second game with three more singles in a row. Hess stole two more bases in game two while finishing with one run and one RBI. For the weekend, Hess led the team batting with a .750 average (6-for-8) and tied for a team-high four runs. She went 5-for-5 stealing bases. In the field, she started both game at secondbase and recorded one putout with five assists and no errors.