CLERMONT, Fla. – A pair of seventh-inning rallies by the University of Chicago softball team secured a 2-1 win over Middlebury College and an 8-6 victory against Williams College on Saturday.
The Maroons concluded their spring break trip to Florida with an 8-1 record.
Game One – UChicago 2, Middlebury 1
It took awhile for the Maroons to get their offense going, as Middlebury's pitcher had a no-hitter going into the top of the sixth inning. But UChicago rallied back when it counted to get the last-inning victory.
Both pitchers were firing blanks and filling the scoreboard with zeros. The Panthers struck first in the bottom of the third with a run-scoring single to go up 1-0. Other than that hiccup, UChicago freshman pitcher Jordyne Prussak was on point for the rest of the game. She struck out four batters, walked two and allowed four hits in her complete-game effort over seven innings.
Her counterpart Irene Margiotta kept the Maroon bats silent until the sixth. Freshman outfielder Serena Moss reached first base on an error and then senior outfielder Devan Parkison secured the team's first hit of the day with a single. A sacrifice fly moved both runners into scoring position for senior first base Kathleen Kohm. Batting out of the three-spot, Kohm singled to center field to tie the game 1-1 for her 10th RBI of the year.
UChicago chased Margiotta from the game when freshman designated player Carly Schulz doubled in the top of the seventh. With two outs, a ground ball turned into an error that scored Schulz and gave the Maroons a 2-1 lead.
Prussak ran into turbulence when Middlebury led off the bottom of the seventh with a double. But the freshman locked down from there with a strikeout, foul out and ground ball to the pitcher to end the game. Prussak improved her season record to 4-0.
The Maroon offense was held to three hits while the defense was error-free.
Game Two – UChicago 8, Williams 6
UChicago fell behind early and trailed by five runs after two innings. But once again, the offense came up clutch with three tallies in the last inning to snatch the game away.
Williams received a big spark from leadoff hitter Erica Li. She went 5-for-5 at the plate, including a triple to start out the first inning. She then scored on a passed ball. A RBI double made it 2-0, and a bevy of singles in the second inning put the Ephs up 5-0.
Unearned runs came back to bite Williams in the top of the fifth. With two outs, junior second base Anna Woolery reached on an error. Freshman infielder Colleen Bennett then delivered a single and Woolery scored on an error by the outfielder on the play. Another freshman came through as Moss knocked a RBI single to center field. Seniors Kristin Lopez and Kohm delivered RBI singles to the outfield as well, pulling the Maroons to within one at 5-4.
An error loomed large again in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 5-5. Bennett sacrificed two runners over, but a miscue allowed freshman outfielder Maeve Garvey to come all the way around from second base.
Williams went ahead once again 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth. A runner in scoring position scored off a single followed by an error. Sophomore pitcher Molly Moran faced a bases-loaded scenario soon after, but a strikeout ended the threat.
Down to its final three outs, UChicago dug in and made noise with the bats. Four-consecutive singles to begin the seventh inning tied the score at 6-6, with Kohm plating Parkison. Schulz lifted a sacrifice fly to the outfield for the go-ahead run, and Garvey tacked on an insurance tally with a RBI groundout.
Li led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. However, Moran quickly forced three groundouts in-a-row to end the game 8-6 in favor of the Maroons.
UChicago racked up 12 hits and committed one error. Kohm was 3-for-4 at the plate while Parkison and Lopez were each 2-for-4. Moran moved to 2-0 on the season with a seven-inning complete game. Her pitching line included 15 hits, six runs, four walks and five strikeouts.
- Tuesday, March 29 – UChicago at Lake Forest (DH), 3 PM