CLERMONT, Fla. – Su Pardo '16 of the Wesleyan University softball team set a new program record in career strikeouts as the Cardinals opened their 2016 season with an 8-2 win over Austin College Tuesday in its first of 14 spring break games, before falling to Concordia University in extra-innings in the nightcap, 3-2.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Cardinals scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. With two on, Pardo singled to right field to bring in Rielly Wieners '17 and Amanda Roosa '16.
- Austin scored twice in the top of the second to cut the deficit to one, but were held scoreless the rest of the way as the Cardinals added five more runs en route to the 8-2 victory.
- Roosa led all batters with a 3-for-4 performance, and also scored four times. Pardo went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Julia McDonald '18 finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Wesleyan totaled 11 hits.
- Emily Low and Kylee Fowler tallied the 'Roos only hits as Pardo pitched a complete game gem. She allowed just two unearned runs on two hits and struck out eight.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- Wesleyan took an early lead when Wieners hit a two RBI single to bring in Mollie Grunat '16 and Isabel Linzer '17, however, the Cardinals were unable to score the rest of the game.
- Concordia evened the score in the bottom of the third, and after four scoreless frames, the game went into extra-innings. In the bottom of the eighth, with Allison Kruk placed on second, Stefanie D'Anna bunted to advance Kruk who scored the game-winner on a Wesleyan error.
- Wieners led the Cardinals' bats with a 2-for-4 performance, including two RBI. Linzer, Grunat and Pardo each added a single for Wesleyan who totaled five hits. McDonald tossed 5.0 innings and surrendered two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight. Rachel Kantor '19 relieved her in the seven and allowed just one unearned run on two hits and struck out two.
- The Cougars were led offensively by Melissa Balkema and Sydney Getz with three hits each as the team registered nine total. Alicia Salata earned the win as she pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits and six strikeouts.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Entering the season with 391 career strikeouts - just six shy of the Wesleyan record - Pardo totaled eight in the first game of the season to set the new record, and is well on her way to shattering the old mark.
- Pardo's strikeout numbers by the year include 74 as a junior, 165 as a sophomore and 152 as a freshman.
- She has consistently been one of the top pitchers in the NESCAC throughout her career, and ranked third in strikeouts per game (7.44) in 2015, and second in total strikeouts in 2014 and 2013.
- The Cardinals are back in action Wednesday, March 9 and will play Ursinus College at 1 p.m. followed by Bethany College at 3 p.m.