Maroon softball splits doubleheader with Washington-St. Louis

Megan Stoppelman and Molly Moran
Megan Stoppelman and Molly Moran

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago softball team shook off a shutout loss in game one to earn a 3-1 win in game two of a home doubleheader with Washington University-St. Louis on Saturday.

The Maroons (11-8 record) and the Bears (14-7) equaled each other with 10 hits on the day.


Game One – Washington-St. Louis 3, UChicago 0

The only runs of the opener came right away. A bunt single and a walk put two runners on for WashU, and the Bears promptly launched a three-run blast over the fence in left center.

Pitchers on both sides suppressed the offenses from then on. UChicago nearly cut into the deficit in the bottom of the second, but had a runner thrown out at home plate to end the frame. WashU put runners on first and third with one out in the top of the fifth. But the Maroons cut down one runner while stealing and then forced an infield groundout to end the threat.

The Maroons made a late move in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with two singles and a walk. However, the Bears forced a fly ball to escape the frame.

The hosts tallied four steals in the game along with four hits. Sophomore pitcher Jordyne Prussak (3-2 record) took the loss in two innings of work. Freshman Megan Stoppelman hurled five scoreless innings, which included four hits, three walks and four strikeouts.


Game Two – UChicago 3, Washington-St. Louis 1

UChicago turned to Stoppelman again in game two after her effective outing in the first contest. Once again, the freshman came up clutch with five more effective innings. She improved her season record to 4-2 with one run, four hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

The opening blow was struck by the Maroons in the second inning. A walk, a single and a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position right away. Sophomore outfielder Serena Moss plated one with a groundout and Stoppelman helped her own cause with a RBI single through the right side.

In the third inning, senior third base Maggie O'Hara singled to left to drive in senior second base Anna Woolery. WashU got one back in the top of the fourth to get within 3-1, but that was as close as the visitors would get.

Molly Moran came into the contest for the final two innings to lock down the save. The junior pitcher tossed two spotless innings and struck out two.

Offensively, UChicago totaled six hits and two steals.


NEXT GAMES:

  • Sunday, April 9 @ 11 AM – Washington-St. Louis at UChicago (DH)