CLERMONT, Fla. – The University of Chicago softball team rebounded from two close losses to Williams and Carroll with an offense-heavy victory in Wednesday's final contest of a tripleheader, defeating Hamilton, 8-5.
UChicago returns to action Thursday with a single game against Carleton, set for 4 p.m. ET.
UCHICAGO 8, HAMILTON 5
Maeve Garvey's two-RBI triple opened up a big four-run fifth inning as the Maroons rebounded from two earlier losses Wednesday to defeat Hamilton College (N.Y.) in the day's nightcap in Clermont, Fla.
UChicago would get two more unearned runs in the sixth to push the advantage to 6-1 until the seventh, when Holli Jones' single scored Christie Ambrose and Colleen Bennett's RBI lineout to center gave the Maroons a commanding 8-1 lead.
Hamilton (5-8) rallied in the bottom of the seventh with four runs, but reliever Jordan Prussak shut down the threat with a strikeout to end the contest.
Senior Molly Moran (2-2) earned the win, throwing the game's first five innings while scattering five hits, striking out three while allowing only one earned run. Prussak struck out two in her two-inning stint.
At the plate, Garvey finished 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, Emma Nelson was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Hayes, Collins, Jones, and Bennett each had one RBI.
WILLIAMS 5, UCHICAGO 4 (8 innings)
The Maroons outhit the Ephs (5-0) by a 12-9 margin, but Williams rallied in a thrilling eighth to steal Wednesday's opener.
Tied at 2-all after seven, UChicago made a charge in the top of the eighth with two runs to put the Maroons in position for the win. With two on base, sophomore Holli Jones delivered a two-RBI double to center field to give the Maroons a 4-2 lead.
But the Ephs had some late-game magic of their own, as Lexi Curt answered with an RBI-double and later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-all. Williams' Kirstin Mapes would play the hero with a two-out, RBI-single to right field for the walk-off game winner.
Garvey finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and a double, Schulz was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two doubles, Emma Nelson went 2-for-4 with a double and Jones finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double to lead UChicago's hitters.
Senior Molly Moran took the loss, scattering nine hits, striking out six and walking three in 7 and 2/3 innings pitched.
CARROLL 7, UCHICAGO 5
A seven-inning rally was cut short in the Maroons' 7-5 loss to Carroll (Wis.) in the second game of the day Wednesday.
UChicago fell behind by a 6-3 margin after four, despite the Maroons' three-run effort in the bottom of the third. Carly Schulz doubled to left field to score both Serena Moss (single) and Abby Hayes (single) and junior Maeve Garvey added an RBI-single to score Schulz that gave UChicago a short-lived 3-2 lead.
The Pioneers (6-6) would answer in the top of the fourth, however, recording four runs to regain a 6-3 advantage. Carroll added one more score in the sixth to make it 7-3, but the Maroons would have one last gasp in the bottom of the seventh.
Moss delivered by belting a triple to center field to score first-year Skye Collins and Schulz followed with an RBI-single that plated Moss and drew the Maroons within two. But Carroll ended the threat with a strikeout to seal the win.
Garvey finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, Moss was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a triple and Schulz went 2-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored and a double.
Megan Stoppelman took the loss in the circle, striking out one, and Jordyne Prussak came on to pitch three and 2/3 innings in relief, scattering six hits and giving up just one earned run while striking out two.
- Thursday, March 22: UChicago vs. Carleton, 4 p.m. ET