CHICAGO – The University of Chicago softball team exploded for 20 runs on offense to complete a home doubleheader sweep of Mount Mary University on Monday.
The Maroons improved to 13-4 on the season while the Blue Angels fell to 2-11.
Game One – UChicago 8, Mount Mary 0
In the opening game of the day, the Maroons scored all the runs they needed in the second and fourth innings. The eight-run lead held up as the game ended at the conclusion of Mount Mary's fifth inning.
Freshman Jordyne Prussak hurled the shutout in the pitching circle. After a rough first inning that included a walk and a double, Prussak settled down and locked down Mount Mary's hitters. Prussak escaped that early jam with a fielder's choice that threw out the lead runner at home plate, and a swinging strikeout ended the frame. From that point on, only one more batter reached base against her over the remaining four innings. The freshman righthander found her location and blew her fastball past batters consistently. She ended up with a career-high 11 strikeouts while improving her season record to 6-0.
The day's opening salvo came in the bottom of the second. Freshman outfielder Maeve Garvey drew a walk and was promptly driven in by Prussak's RBI double over the fielder's head in left. With runners on second and third, senior outfielder Devan Parkison snuck in a two-out bunt that went for a single and scored Prussak.
The Maroons broke out in a big way in the bottom of the fourth inning by batting around the order. A single bracketed by two walks filled the bases with one out. Freshman outfielder Serena Moss drove in the lead runner on a fielder's choice to leave the bags full for Parkison. The senior delivered with a hard single through the right side to plate two runners right off the bat. However, a throwing error that occurred after the hit allowed Moss to score from first, and Parkison turned on the jets to speed all the way around the bases to score.
Senior shortstop Kristin Lopez was next up with the bases empty, and she took the ball the opposite way for a triple to right. A fielding error on the next play scored Lopez to provide the eighth and final run. Prussak went on to fan the final two batters in the top of the fifth as part of a 1-2-3 inning to close out the win.
UChicago's eight runs came on seven hits. Parkison hit 2-for-3 with three RBI and Lopez was also 2-for-3. Prussak did dual damage with her arm and bat. She was 2-for-2 at the plate in addition to her five innings pitched.
Game Two – UChicago 12, Mount Mary 2
The scoring outburst kept coming in game two for the Maroons. An eight-run second inning put the game away, paving the way for another five-inning victory.
In the first two trips around the batting order, UChicago racked up 10 runs total. Lopez started the momentum with a double in the first inning. Senior first base Kathleen Kohm singled to move Lopez to third base and then stole second base herself. Garvey came up with two outs and blasted a two-run double off the fence in right center.
Junior outfielder Anna Woolery began the second inning with a double and steal of third base. She was subsequently brought home by sophomore catcher Sara Koniewicz's single. An error off a fielder's choice then allowed Koniewicz to come around and score. The visitors were victimized again by a throwing error which plated two additional runners to make the score 6-0. Even with two outs, UChicago kept on the pressure. Freshman infielder Colleen Bennett yanked a two-run double down the right field line, and Koniewicz drove in Bennett with a double of her own. Freshman outfielder Kriza Sy concluded the offensive avalanche by knocking an RBI single to right.
The Blue Angels put up their first two runs of the day in the top of the third with a home run over the left field fence. The Maroons responded instantly in the bottom half of the frame and got two back. Bennett doubled again, this time to left center, and Woolery provided the other RBI with a single to left field. All told, eight of UChicago's 12 runs were unearned.
The home team tallied 12 hits and one error. Bennett hit 2-for-3 with three RBI. Woolery was 2-for-2 with one RBI, and Koniewicz was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Molly Moran (4-2 record) started the first two innings and earned the win. She struck out five batters with one hit allowed. Junior Alexa Hanelin threw the next two innings with two runs on three hits. Senior Jordan Poole closed out the final inning with two strikeouts and one hit.
In four home games so far this season, the Maroons have outscored their opposition 28-10.
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