LAKE FOREST, Ill. – In its return to the Midwest, the University of Chicago softball team fell victim to a home run binge in a pair of losses to Lake Forest College, 10-4 and 8-0 on Tuesday.
The Maroons fell to 8-3 while the Foresters improved to 5-8.
Game One – Lake Forest 10, UChicago 4
Lake Forest took advantage of an extended third inning to seize the lead for good. A two-out error by UChicago's defense eventually led to four unearned runs. The Foresters took advantage of three walks in the frame and smacked a three-run double to go up 4-0.
The Maroons quickly responded in the top of the fourth inning to draw within 4-3. Two-straight singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out. Freshman second base Colleen Bennett plated two with a single to center field and an error on the play brought in the third runner all the way from first base.
The home team doubled down in the bottom of the fourth and scored six more times. A two-run homer after a lead-off walk made the score 6-3. Two RBI singles, a fielder's choice and an error accounted for the next four tallies as Lake Forest increased its advantage to 10-3.
Freshman outfielder Serena Moss singled to begin the fifth and she soon scored on a double steal attempt as UChicago edged closer at 10-4. That margin stood for the remainder of the contest and served as the final score.
Senior Jordan Poole (1-2 record) took the pitching loss as she started the opening 3.1 innings. Her pitching line included eight hits, eight runs (four earned), five walks and two strikeouts. Sophomore Molly Moran came in relief in the fourth inning and pitched the remaining 2.2 innings with one hit, two runs (one earned), two walks and three strikeouts.
Game Two – Lake Forest 8, UChicago 0
In the second game of the day, the Foresters hit back-to-back solo homers in the second inning to go ahead 2-0. The long balls kept coming for the home side as Lake Forest bashed four home runs in the game.
The Foresters tallied five runs in the bottom of the fourth and ended the game in the fifth inning via the eight-run rule.
UChicago was held to one hit and made one error. Freshman outfielder Maeve Garvey went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Moran (2-1 record) started in the pitching circle and took the loss with 1.1 innings worked, two hits, two runs, one walk and one strikeout. Freshman Jordyne Prussak tossed 2.2 innings of relief, compiling six hits, six runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Junior Alexa Hanelin provided the final 0.1 inning with one hit and one strikeout.
- Friday, April 1 – UChicago at Kalamazoo College (DH), 3:30 PM (ET)