CHICAGO – The University of Chicago softball pitchers kept the Wheaton College hitters in check en route to a doubleheader sweep by scores of 8-1 and 2-1 on Thursday.
The Maroons (15-8 record) limited the Thunder (5-23 record) to six hits over 14 innings played. The hosts also struck out 10 batters.
Game One – UChicago 8, Wheaton 1
UChicago jumped out quickly in sequential fashion with one run in the first inning, two in the second and three in the third. Senior designated player Anna Woolery doubled to center field as the game's second batter and came around to score on senior third base Maggie O'Hara's single to center. In her next at-bat, Woolery doubled in one and then crossed home plate on a single from sophomore outfielder Maeve Garvey.
The lead increased to 6-0 in the third frame. Sophomore Colleen Bennett singled through the left side for one run and Woolery singled in two more through the right side.
With her teammates providing plenty of run support, freshman pitcher Megan Stoppelman mowed down Wheaton's lineup. She retired the first 11 batters of the game until a hit scooted through the infield with two outs in the fourth. Stoppelman closed out her outing one batter later and eventually earned the victory. She improved her season record to 6-2, totaling three strikeouts and one hit allowed.
The Thunder tallied one unearned run on a wild pitch in the sixth. UChicago then added two more in the bottom half with RBI singles by sophomore first base Carly Schulz and freshman outfielder Christie Ambrose.
The Maroons pounded out 15 hits and made one error. Woolery was a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Schulz hit 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Garvey and Bennett each went 2-for-3 with one RBI apiece. Sophomore pitcher Jordyne Prussak closed out the final three innings in the circle.
Game Two – UChicago 2, Wheaton 1
Offense proved hard to come by in the nightcap. The two teams were limited to seven hits combined while the defenses committed five errors.
The second inning saw all of the scoring in the contest. Wheaton accepted another unearned run on a throwing error to go up 1-0. Then UChicago countered with two of its own on a RBI groundout by freshman shortstop Emma Nelson and a RBI single to left center by freshman catcher Holli Jones.
The home side turned to pitcher Molly Moran to take care of the rest. The junior righthander was up to the task. Moran did not allow another hit after the third inning and kept the Thunder from manufacturing momentum. She ended up striking out the game's final two batters to earn the win. In the final stats, Moran improved to 6-4 with seven innings, six strikeouts, one unearned run and three hits allowed.
UChicago connected on four hits while making three errors defensively. Ambrose went 1-for-2 with one stolen base.
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