WHITEWATER, Wis. – The University of Chicago softball team took on its third nationally-ranked team of the season and went 1-1 on the road at No. 18-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Sunday.
The Maroons moved to 10-7 and the Warhawks ran their record to 13-5.
Game One – UChicago 9, UWW 8
Sunday's opening game featured plenty of offense and momentum swings. UChicago tied its season high with 17 hits and also stole a season-best eight bases. Seven different players finished with multiple hits. The lead changed four times as well.
The Maroons put up three runs in the top of the third to go ahead 3-1. Sophomore shortstop Colleen Bennett and sophomore outfielder Serena Moss registered back-to-back hits to start the frame and pulled a double steal to move into scoring positions. They were brought in by consecutive RBI singles courtesy of senior second base Anna Woolery and sophomore outfielder Maeve Garvey. Sophomore first base Carly Schulz knocked a RBI single up the middle as well.
Wisconsin-Whitewater tied the game back up in the bottom of the third and went up 5-3 in the fourth. But UChicago had the answer with six runs spread over the fifth and sixth innings. Freshman outfielder Christie Ambrose doubled in two to chase the pitcher, and Bennett scored Ambrose on a single to center field. Garvey powered her second home run of the year – a solo shot to right field – in the sixth. An error and freshman pitcher Megan Stoppleman's run-scoring single pushed the advantage to 9-5.
The Warhawks countered with three of their own in the bottom of the sixth. However, Stoppelman put the brakes on the comeback by retiring the last four batters. She improved her season record to 3-2 with five innings of relief work that included two earned runs, eight hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Moss and Woolery (one RBI) were both 3-for-5 at the plate. The team also received two hits each from Garvey, Schulz, Stoppelman, Bennett and senior third base Maggie O'Hara. The trio of Moss, O'Hara and Bennett collected two steals apiece.
Game Two – UWW 3, UChicago 2
The day's second contest did not replicate the offensive fireworks of the first game. The two teams combined for 14 hits versus 29 in the opener.
The hosts homered on their first at-bat to seize the early advantage. Two scores by UChicago in the third inning came on Woolery's bases-loaded single and a throwing error on the same play. UWW's two-run single in the fifth accounted for the final score.
UChicago posted six hits, with Bennett contributing 2-for-3 at the dish. Junior Molly Moran (4-4) took the loss in six innings. She struck out eight batters while allowing two earned runs, eight hits and one walk.
- Saturday, April 8 @ 1:00 PM – Washington-St. Louis at UChicago (DH)