Jamie Hom '17 Notches Career Hit Number 100 and Julie McDonald '18 Hits Walk-Off Single in Game One as Softball Spilts Double-Header with Middlebury

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

THE BASICS: 

Game One Score: Wesleyan 5, Middlebury 4 (9 inn.)
Game Two Score: Middlebury 5, Wesleyan 1
Records: Wesleyan (10-18, 1-7 NESCAC); Middlebury (17-9-1, 4-5 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Softball Field)
Date: Sunday, April 23rd
Time: 10:50 a.m. / 1:50 p.m.
The Lead: Julie McDonald '18 hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning of game one and Jamie Hom '17 collected career hit number 100 as the Wesleyan University team split the double-header with Middlebury College on Sunday afternoon. 

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Rielly Wieners '18 got the Cardinals on the board in the bottom of the first as she laced a double down the leftfield line to score McDonald from second.
  • Hom singled to leftfield to lead off the third inning for her 100th career hit. Wesleyan loaded the bases with no outs, and Kendall Carr '19 singled home Hom to give the home team a 2-0 advantage. They would add another run on a Rachel Kantor '19 RBI single to go up 3-0.
  • The Panthers loaded the bases in the fourth with no outs. Siobhan O'Sullivan would pop up to Erica Horowitz '20 who quickly tagged second for the double play. Ali Della Volpe would then hit a ball that went off Kantor, but Horowitz was able to corral the ball and get Della Volpe at first to end the inning.
  • The visitors would tie the game in the top of the fifth. Marybeth Stone doubled home Melanie Mandell, and Taylor Gardner's bloop single to right plated two more runs.
  • Christina Zaccardi '17 made a diving catch in the seventh to save a run and keep the game tied at three.
  • O'Sullivan gave Middlebury its first lead of the game with her solo homerun in the eighth to make the score 4-3.
  • The Cardinals would not go away as Hayley Lipson '20 tied the game at four with her RBI single in the bottom of the inning to tie the game once again at four.
  • McDonald, who relieved Kantor in the circle, came up in the ninth with runners on first and second, and laced a single to drive in the winning run and give Wesleyan the 5-4 victory. 

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Panthers got off to a quick start in game two, scoring five runs in the first two innings.
  • Carr sent an Irene Margiotta pitch over the leftfield wall in the fourth to bring the Cardinals to within four.
  • That would be all the offense in the game, as Middlebury would claim game two by a score of 5-1.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Prior to the start of yesterday's game, the Cardinals honored their three seniors: Izzy Linzer, Jamie Hom and Christina Zaccardi. Linzer and Hom have joined the 100-hit club this season, while Zaccardi has been an invaluable part of the outfield during her four years.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals return to the field on Tuesday, April 25th as they will travel to take on Western New England for a double-header. Game one is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with game two beginning at approximately 5 p.m.

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