CLERMONT, Fla. – A late-game rally gave the University of Chicago softball team a comeback victory over Eastern Connecticut State University 10-9, while solid pitching downed University of Wisconsin-Platteville 7-1 on Wednesday.
The Maroons improved their season record to 6-1.
Game One – UChicago 10, Eastern Connecticut State 9
The opening game of the day turned into a see-saw battle of momentum and exchanges of runs. Only the fifth inning did not feature a run on the scoreboard.
Eastern Connecticut State tallied five runs in the opening two frames, aided by a pair of UChicago errors. The Maroons broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the second. Freshman designated player Carly Schulz smacked a double and later scored on an error. Junior second base Anna Woolery tripled and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 5-2.
In the third inning, senior shortstop Kristin Lopez knocked her team-leading third home run of the season to center field for a solo shot. ECSU answered back by coming home on a wild pitch in the fourth, and then UChicago responded once again with a double steal attempt that scored junior third base Maggie O'Hara.
Facing a 7-4 deficit in the bottom of the sixth, the Maroons made their move with two outs. Two singles put runners on first and third. A subsequent error brought in one run, and Woolery's RBI single cut the lead further. Freshman outfielder Maeve Garvey completed the comeback with a two-run double to center field to put her team ahead 8-7.
But the drama continued in ECSU's top half of the seventh. A run-scoring double tied the game and the go-ahead run came in on another error. The pressure shifted back to UChicago, trailing 9-8. Lopez drew a walk in the bottom of the seventh and soon scored on O'Hara two-out single to send the game into extra innings.
The game ended in dramatic fashion as well. Woolery's bunt single back to the pitcher put runners on first and third, and an intentional walk loaded the bases with no outs. The pitcher was then called for a balk, which scored the runner from third base and ended the game 10-9 in favor of UChicago.
UChicago pounded out 10 hits but also made four errors defensively. Schulz and Woolery were big producers at the plate as both players went 3-for-4. O'Hara added a 2-for-3 showing at the dish.
The Maroons utilized three pitchers in the game, including senior Jordan Poole (3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K); sophomore Molly Moran (3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K); and winning pitcher Jordyne Prussak (2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 K). Prussak improved her season record to 3-0.
Game Two – UChicago 7, Wisconsin-Platteville 1
After the marathon opening game, UChicago was right back at it with game two against Wisconsin-Platteville. Parkison started the game off right with a single and a stolen base to get into scoring position. Senior designated player Kathleen Kohm roped a RBI double to plate Parkison and give UChicago an early 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers scored on an error in the bottom of the first to even the score. But the Maroons once again used a big inning to put the game out reach. This time around, UChicago scored six times in the top of the fourth. Two straight errors by Wisconsin-Platteville scored a run and then loaded the bases. Freshman outfielder Serena Moss laced a RBI single, soon followed by a RBI single from Lopez. Kohm then cleared the bases with a three-run double.
UChicago finished with 14 hits and one error committed. Four different players had two hits – Kohm (two doubles, four RBI); Parkison (two steals); Moss (one RBI) and Garvey.
Junior Alexa Hanelin (1-0) got the call in the pitching circle and she earned the victory with four innings of work. She struck out one to go with five hits, one unearned run and three walks. Moran relieved for the final three innings and mowed down the Pioneers with six strikeouts, two walks and no hits allowed.
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