CLERMONT, Fla. – Freshman pitcher Danielle Rinaldi earned her first collegiate win with a complete-game shutout for the Wesleyan University softball team on Sunday during a 5-0 triumph over Elmhurst in Clermont, Fla., while the Cardinals fell, 5-4, to Wooster during Game 1 action in Clermont, Fla.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Wesleyan 5, Elmhurst 0):
- Rinaldi, who hails from Ewing, N.J., rattled off 10 strikeouts and a 1-2-3 fifth inning, while giving up only five hits.
- In the fourth inning, sophomore Rachel Curran blasted a one-out, inside-the-park homer, scoring freshman Alyssa Dasilva for a 2-0 cushion.
- Wesleyan (3-5) was back on the attack in the fifth, as junior Kendall Carr showed her good eye at the plate with a leadoff walk, and then advanced to second on a bunt single by DaSilva. Carr tallied the squad's third run of the game, scoring from her third base on an RBI ground out to second by freshman Brenna Monroe.
- In the sixth, freshman Lauren Gaffney-Gomez tallied an RBI single, scoring junior Olivia Gorman, as the Lower Gwynedd, Pa. native led off the frame with a walk, and then stole second base with no outs. Senior captain Rielly Wieners ended the scoring, connecting on an RBI single, which allowed Gaffney-Gomez to trot in from third with Wesleyan's fifth run.
- For the Blue Jays (3-3), sophomore Bailee Krantz (0-2) was charged with the loss, giving up two earned runs on six hits during four innings of work.
- Wieners (2-for-2, RBI) and Rinaldi (2-for-4) led Wesleyan at the dish, while freshman Veronica Zahn went 3-for-3 for Elmhurst, including a double, as the Cardinals led the hits category, 9-5.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (Wooster 5, Wesleyan 4):
- The Cardinals were facing a 5-3 deficit heading into the bottom of the seventh, but Gorman gave the group hope with a leadoff triple to left-center. Gaffney-Gomez then grounded out to first base, but the effort allowed Gorman to cross home, cutting the deficit down to one run.
- Freshman pitcher Marissa Norgrove came in during a save situation for the Fighting Scots (4-6), and slammed the door shut, forcing back-to-back ground outs.
- Wooster took an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first on an RBI single up the middle by sophomore Marina Roski, but the Cardinals answered with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the frame. Freshman AyJay Mulholland scored with one down on an RBI single by Wieners to shortstop, and then freshman Marina Williams and Wieners gave the Cardinals a 3-1 advantage with a pair of unearned runs.
- The Fighting Scots pulled to within one in the top of the third when junior Chelsea Copley scored on a single to right field by freshman Alexis Bauer.
- In the fifth, Wooster knotted the game at 3-3 on an RBI walk by sophomore Morgan Bailey with one out and the bases loaded. The unit then claimed the lead for good on a run by Bauer with two down in the frame off a wild pitch.
- The Fighting Scots added some breathing room in the sixth with a one-run double to left-center by freshman Heidi Likins, scoring freshman Emmalee Cooke, who led off the inning with a single and stole second.
- Freshman starting pitcher Olivia Johnson (2-3) earned the win in the circle for the Fighting Scots, only allowing two earned runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Cardinals senior captain Julie McDonald showed resolve in the seventh, preventing the Fighting Scots from scoring after a leadoff double by Johnson, which kept Wesleyan within striking distance heading into the bottom of the inning.
- Rinaldi went 2-for-3 in the batter's box for the Cardinals, and Maddy Chase, Cooke, Likins, Johnson and Bauer registered multi-hit games for Wooster. The Fighting Scots held a 13-6 advantage in hits.
- The Cardinals will suit up against Grinnell (2 p.m.) and Sewanee (4:30 p.m.) on Tuesday in Clermont, Fla.