WHITEWATER, Wis. – Home runs proved decisive as the University of Chicago softball team lost two games at No. 13-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2-1 and 8-5 on Saturday.
The Maroons fell to 12-16 overall and the Warhawks improved to 24-6.
Game One – Wisconsin-Whitewater 2, UChicago 1
The opening game was a low-scoring affair on both sides. Wisconsin-Whitewater went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first by scoring on a passed ball. The lead increased to 2-0 on a lead-off home run in the bottom of the fourth.
UChicago put three runners on base in the top of the fifth, but couldn't squeeze a run across. The very next inning, junior third baseman Kathleen Kohm led off with a double and then scored on a double by freshman first baseman Alyssa Stolmack. UWW kept UChicago off the scoreboard after that to get the 2-1 victory.
Junior pitcher Jordan Poole (5-7) tossed six innings while absorbing the loss. Her pitching line included two runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
The Maroons tallied seven hits as three different players posted multiple hits. Stolmack (one RBI) and Poole both went 2-for-3, while junior outfielder Devan Parkison was 2-for-4 at the plate.
Game Two – Wisconsin-Whitewater 8, UChicago 5
UChicago grabbed the early lead in game two with one run in each of the opening two innings. Parkison led off the game with a double and then scored on a RBI single from sophomore outfielder Anna Woolery. Senior shortstop Tabbetha Bohac then started the second inning with a solo home run – her fourth of the season.
The visitors eventually went ahead 5-2 by the fourth inning. An error brought in one run in the third inning. Then in the fourth, sophomore second baseman Anna Woolery knocked in one with a bases-loaded single, and Stolmack drew a walk to force in another run.
But the home team came back thanks to the long ball. The Warhawks scored all eight of their runs via home run in the contest. A two-run shot tied the game 2-2 in the second inning, and another two-run homer pulled the home team within 5-4 in the fifth. UWW then walked off with the win in the bottom of the seventh with a grand slam.
UChicago finished with nine hits and one error. Bohac hit 2-for-4 with one homer and one RBI, and freshman catcher Olivia Haney was 2-for-3.
Freshman Molly Moran earned a no-decision in her six innings of pitching. Moran allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Bohac (3-4) absorbed the loss in the seventh inning with four runs, three hits and one walk.
- Monday, Apr. 20 – UChicago at North Park University (DH), 3 PM