Timely Hitting Propels Softball to a 10-9 Victory over Wisconsin River Falls, and a 2-0 Victory Over Framingham St.

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

CLERMONT, Fla. - The Wesleyan University softball team continued its winning ways in Florida as they swept another doubleheader today, defeating the University of Wisconsin River Falls in game one, 10-9, and Framingham St. 2-0. 

RECORDS
Wesleyan: 9-3
Wisconsin River Falls:5-9
Framingham St.:1-5

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cardinals got on the board first, as a Rachel Kantor '19 walk forced in Isabel Linzer '17, giving Wesleyan a 1-0 advantage.
  • The Falcons' offense came to life in the third inning, scoring six runs. Katie Thompson had the big hit of the inning as her double cleared the bases and gave UW- River a 4-1 lead. 
  • The Cardinals answered, scoring two runs in the third after the Falcons' right fielder couldn't handle a Su Pardo '16 hit, which allowed two Wesleyan runners to score. 
  • Wesleyan got the deficit down to one run as a Rielly Wieners '17 double plated Linzer and Mollie Grunat '16 to bring the Falcon's lead to 6-5.
  • UW- River got their lead back to three runs on a Abby Veloske single in the fifth plated two runners to give the Falcons a 8-5 lead.
  • In the bottom of the inning RBI doubles by Jamie Hom '17 and Linzer got the Cardinals to within one run at 8-7.
  • The Falcons scored again in the top of the sixth on a RBI by Maddie Studnicka to bring their lead back to two at 9-7.
  • The Wesleyan comeback would begin in the bottom of the seventh inning as they strung together four hits and three runs to give them the victory. Hom was the catalyst as she doubled to lead off the inning then stole home to bring Wesleyan to within one run. A squeeze bunt by Grunat would tie the game at 9, and a Wieners double would score Amanda Roosa '16 with the game-winning run.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • It was a pitching dual between the Cardinals and Rams as both pitchers mowed through the opposing lineup for the majority of the game.
  • Wesleyan was able to get to Framingham's starting pitcher, Kelsi Gunarathne, in the fifth as Linzer was able to score on a error by the shortstop.
  • The Cardinals added an insurance run in the sixth, as Angelina Massoia '17 singled to center, scoring Kantor with the second Wesleyan run of the afternoon.
  • Two runs were more than enough for Julie McDonald '18, who pitched the complete game shutout, allowing five hits and striking out five.
  • Gunarathne was equally impressive in the circle, pitching a complete game as well, allowing one earned run on seven hits. She struck out six batters on the day. 

UP NEXT

  • The Cardinals return to the field tomorrow as they will take on the University of New England at 9 a.m., followed by Plattsburgh St. at 11 a.m.