AURORA, Ill. – The University of Chicago softball team shut out its second opponent of the season in game one and ended up going 1-1 in a doubleheader at Aurora University on Thursday.
The Maroons ran their season record to 12-14 and the Spartans moved to 23-5.
Game One – UChicago 1, Aurora 0
Offense was at a premium in the opening game as the two pitchers traded zeros throughout. Freshman pitcher Molly Moran snuffed out all of Aurora's scoring opportunities, including a two-on, no-outs scenario in the bottom of the sixth inning. Moran (4-5) ended up picking up her second career collegiate shutout. Over seven innings, she struck out five while limiting the Spartans to four hits and one walk.
The Maroons almost scored in their first at-bat of the day, loading the bases with one out. However, groundballs prevented any runners from reaching home plate. The visitors eventually plated the game's only run in the top of the fifth inning. Two singles and a sacrifice bunt put two runners in prime scoring position. Aurora was charged an error on sophomore outfielder Maggie O'Hara's grounder and freshman outfielder Sara Koniewicz scored as a result.
Game Two – Aurora 12, UChicago 1
In the second game, the home side came out with a bang. The Spartans erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning. Aurora mashed a three-run home run and followed it up with a two-run triple, RBI double and run-scoring sacrifice bunt.
Aurora kept the momentum rolling with five more runs in the third inning, which came on two doubles and two homers. UChicago scored its run in the fourth frame on a RBI single from Haney and totaled three hits in the contest.
Junior pitcher Jordan Poole (5-6) absorbed the loss after 1-1/3 innings. She was charged with six runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Sophomore Alexa Hanelin threw 1-1/3 innings of relief with five runs on five hits, one walk and one strikeout. Senior Tabbetha Bohac hurled the final 1-1/3 innings with one run on two hits and one strikeout.
- Saturday, Apr. 18 – UChicago at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (DH), 1 PM