CLERMONT, Fla. – The University of Chicago softball team got its season off on the right foot with a pair of victories against Anderson University and Benedictine University on Saturday.
The Maroons moved to 2-0. The Ravens fell to 5-3 and the Eagles dropped to 2-2.
Game One – UChicago 4, Anderson 1
UChicago wasted no time, scoring twice in their first at-bats of the year. Senior third base Maggie O'Hara lined a RBI single as the fourth hitter of the game. A double steal attempt the very next batter allowed senior second base Anna Woolery to cross home plate.
Anderson halved the deficit with a run-scoring triple in the bottom of the second inning. But UChicago starting pitcher Jordyn Prussak stranded the runner on third base with a fly out to the infield and a strikeout to end the inning. The sophomore hurler went five innings to get the victory, allowing one run on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
UChicago struck back in the top of the third when a lead-off single came around to score on sophomore outfielder Maeve Garvey's double. Freshman Megan Stoppelman made her collegiate batting debut memorable in the top of the seventh with a RBI single to account for the final 4-1 score. Stoppelman then shut the door to earn the save in the pitching circle. She tossed two scoreless innings with one strikeout.
The Maroons totaled seven hits that came from seven different players. Anderson was limited to only three hits on the afternoon.
Game Two – UChicago 8, Benedictine 3
Another quick strike in the first inning put the Maroons in control from the onset. They led the game off with three-straight hits, capped by Garvey's RBI double. Junior pitcher Molly Moran and sophomore shortstop Colleen Bennett each tallied RBI singles to make the score 4-0.
That would prove to be all the support Moran would need in the pitching circle. The junior stuck out four batters in five innings, with four hits, two runs and two walks to earn the victory. Stoppelman tossed the final two innings with one unearned run, two walks and one strikeout.
In the bottom of the second, UChicago added two more to its total courtesy of O'Hara's double down the left field line. Benedictine got those two runs back in the top of the third. O'Hara then repeated herself with another double in the fourth to push the score to 7-2.
Garvey's RBI groundout in the sixth brought the eighth run across for the Maroons. The Eagles threatened in the seventh, scoring once and putting two runners in scoring position. However, Stoppelman induced a grounder to end the game.
UChicago racked up 13 hits compared to Benedictine's four. Sophomore outfielder Serena Moss was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs scored. O'Hara went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Garvey and Bennett added two RBI apiece.
- Sunday, March 19 @ 9:00 AM / 11:30 AM (ET) – UChicago vs. St. Olaf / UChicago vs. Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Clermont, Fla.)