CHICAGO – The University of Chicago softball team put together surges late in Saturday's doubleheader, but Illinois Wesleyan University closed out both attempts to top the Maroons 3-2 and 5-3.
The Maroons dropped to 9-6 while the Titans improved to 12-4.
Game One – IWU 3, UChicago 2
Molly Moran put together an impressive performance in the pitching circle in the opener. The junior victimized IWU all game with a changeup that dove to the shoelaces and sent batters flailing over the top. Moran worked well low in the zone and struck out eight batters total in a complete game effort.
Unfortunately, she was also victimized by a pair of long balls. The Titans cranked solo home runs in both the second and sixth innings. Errors led to an unearned run in the top of the third as well.
UChicago's bats were silenced for much of the game, as the hosts were held to one hit over six innings. Down to their final at-bats in the seventh, the Maroons started to string together hits. Three-straight singles loaded the bases to start the frame, and freshman outfielder Christie Ambrose singled to left field to bring in one run. A RBI groundout by freshman first base Holli Jones cut the deficit to 3-2. However, IWU stranded the tying and go-ahead runs to clinch the victory.
The Maroons tallied five hits and two errors. Sophomore outfielder Maeve Garvey hit 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Moran (4-3 record) took the loss in seven innings (3 R, 3 H, 8 K) with no walks allowed.
Game Two – IWU 5, UChicago 3
The second game of the day saw the Titans jump ahead 1-0 in the first inning with a run-scoring single. After three scoreless innings for both teams, IWU struck the big blow in the fifth. The visitors scored four runs (one earned) with the help of two errors and four hits.
Down 5-0, UChicago responded with a trio of runs in the bottom of the fifth. A sacrifice bunt moved two runners into scoring position, and senior second base Anna Woolery laced a single to center to bring in one. Garvey's single and an ensuing defensive miscue on the same play plated two more to chop the deficit to 5-3.
The Maroons put two runners on in the sixth, but were unable to move them around the bases. IWU finished off the game by retiring the side in order in the seventh.
Freshman pitcher Megan Stoppelman (2-2 record) threw the opening five innings with five strikeouts, five runs (two earned) and seven hits. Sophomore Jordyne Prussak came in for the last two innings, totaling two strikeouts, two hits and one walk.
- Sunday, April 2 @ 1:00 PM – UChicago at Wisconsin-Whitewater (DH)