CLERMONT, Fla. – In the opening contests of the 2018 season, the University of Chicago softball team fell victim to a pair of late rallies by Calvin College and Tufts University on Saturday afternoon.
Game One – Calvin 5, UChicago 4
In the opener, Calvin was first on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning with a RBI single. The Knights then loaded the bases with one out in the fourth; however, junior pitcher Jordyne Prussak induced a pair of fly balls to get out of the jam.
It took awhile for the Maroons to figure out Calvin starting pitcher Anna Gernant, who did not allow a hit through four frames. But in the bottom of the fifth, sophomore pitcher Megan Stoppelman broke up the no-hitter with a single up the middle. A sacrifice bunt and wild pitch then moved her to third base. A single by sophomore catcher Holli Jones and a throwing error on the same play allowed UChicago to tie the game up. Then with the bases full and two outs, junior outfielder Maeve Garvey smacked a two-run single up the gut to put her team up 3-1.
Down to its final out, Calvin rallied in the seventh. A single and two errors loaded the bases. A two-run single tied the game up, but the hitter was thrown out trying to advance to second base.
The two teams went to extra innings knotted at 3-3. Calvin took a 5-3 lead with a two-run homer in the ninth, and UChicago nearly tied it up in the bottom half of the inning. An RBI fielder's choice by sophomore shortstop Emma Nelson cut the deficit to one. But Calvin got the third out to preserve the comeback win.
Prussak received the start and went four innings with seven hits, one run, two walks and one strikeout. Stoppelman (0-1 record) took the loss in relief – she pitched five innings with five hits, one earned run and two strikeouts.
UChicago's offense totaled four hits while the defense committed three errors.
Game Two – Tufts 1, UChicago 0
Tufts and UChicago traded zeros all game as pitchers Molly Moran and Kristi Van Meter kept the offenses in check. The Maroons had their best chance to score in the top of the second inning. A walk and two singles put three runners on; however, the Jumbos escaped the jam by retiring the next two batters.
The game's lone run came in the bottom of the seventh for Tufts, who filled the bases with one out and scored the walk-off win with a single to left field.
Moran (0-1 record) absorbed the loss. In 6.1 innings, the senior struck out six to go with one unearned run, three hits and one walk.
The Maroons totaled four hits and three errors.
- Sunday, Mar. 18 @ 9:00 AM / 11:30 AM (ET) – UChicago vs. Fredonia State University / UChicago vs. Oberlin College (at Clermont, Fla.)