CLERMONT, Fla. – After the bats were quiet in game one, the University of Chicago softball team broke out with a seven-run inning to split a pair of games against University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Buena Vista University on Friday.
The Maroons ran their record to 6-4 on the year.
Game One – Wisconsin-Oshkosh 3, UChicago 1
Junior outfielder Devan Parkison helped UChicago score in opening inning. Parkison singled, stole second base and scored on a RBI single from junior first baseman Kathleen Kohm. From that point, the pitchers took over and tossed quick innings up until the top of the fifth. The Titans scored in that frame on a passed ball and then a squeeze bunt to go ahead 2-1.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh added an insurance run in the top of the seventh and held the Maroons off the scoreboard in the final at-bat. UChicago finished with four hits and no errors. Kohm hit 2-for-2 with one walk and one RBI.
Freshman Molly Moran (2-2) absorbed the loss after a five-inning start. Her pitching line included four hits, two runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Senior Tabbetha Bohac hurled the final two innings, with four hits, one run, one walk and one strikeout.
Game Two – UChicago 8, Buena Vista 6
An error put the Maroons up 1-0 in the top of the second inning, but the bats came alive in the top of the fourth. UChicago scored seven runs to push the margin to 8-0. Freshman designated player Alyssa Stolmack doubled to lead-off and came around when Bohac knocked a two-run homer to center field. Sophomore left fielder Maggie O'Hara knocked an RBI single and she was soon followed by a pair of two-run singles from Kohm and Stolmack.
Buena Vista slowly started mounting its comeback in the bottom of the fourth and fifth by scoring on a passed ball and a double. The Beavers took advantage of several miscues to plate four runs in the sixth inning to make the score 8-6. Runs came in on a squeeze bunt, a wild pitch and a passed ball in succession. A double steal of second base and home plate got the home team within two.
However, junior pitcher Jordan Poole came in to relieve in the sixth and kept Buena Vista from getting any closer. She then struck out three batters in-a-row to end the game and pick up the save. Poole pitched 1-2/3 innings while striking out three and walking one.
Bohac (1-1) got the win in five innings, recording four hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and five strikeouts. Sophomore Alexa Hanelin pitched 1/3 of an inning with four hits and four runs.
UChicago collected 12 hits and made one error. O'Hara led the offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with one RBI and one walk. Stolmack hit 2-for-3 with two RBI and sophomore second baseman Anna Woolery was 2-for-3. Kohm and Bohac posted two RBI apiece.
Saturday, Mar. 28 – UChicago vs. Thomas College (at Clermont, Fla.), 9 AM / 11 AM (ET)