ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The University of Chicago softball team's offense came alive in a Game 1 comeback but the Maroons couldn't find their hitting stroke in Friday's nightcap in a road split against Washington-St. Louis.
UChicago (9-7) defeated the Bears (6-6) 10-5 in the opener before falling in Game 2, 9-0. The Maroons take on Washington-St. Louis two more times in Saturday's twin bill.
Carly Schulz totaled two hits and three RBI on the day and teammate Emma Nelson had three hits and scored three runs across the two games. Senior Molly Moran was the Game 1 winner, throwing six strikeouts.
UCHICAGO 10, WASHINGTON-ST. LOUIS 5
The Maroons used a late-game offensive flurry to come back to defeat the Bears in Friday's opener in St. Charles, Mo.
The Bears hit the scoreboard first, netting two runs in the first inning via two doubles by Taylor Arends and Hera Tang. The hosts would add another run in the third after Arends – who tripled – scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0, WashU.
The Maroons, however, had plenty of offensive firepower left. UChicago took the lead with a four-run barrage in the fifth and then capitalized off Bears' mistakes – WashU finished with six errors – with five more runs in the sixth to take a commanding 9-3 lead.
Sophomore Carly Schulz started the game's scoring with a two-RBI single down the right field line that score both Emma Nelson (single) and Colleen Bennett (single). Later in the fifth frame with runners on second and third, Skye Collins singled to score both Maeve Garvey (single) and Christie Ambrose to make it 4-3 Maroons.
In the sixth, senior Sara Koniewicz doubled to lead off the inning and Serena Moss (RBI single), Schulz (RBI walk), Holli Jones (RBI walk) and Abby Hayes (RBI fielder's choice) did the rest to help plate five more runs.
The Maroons would get one more unearned run in the seventh on a Jones RBI walk with the bases loaded.
Washington-St. Louis had one last gasp in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two, but senior Molly Moran ended the threat with a lineout to seal her fourth win of the year. Moran finished with six strikeouts and walked just two in seven innings of work, scattering seven hits.
UChicago totaled nine hits in the contest, led by two each from Nelson (2-for-3) and Koniewicz (2-for-4, double), Schulz finished with three RBI and Holli Jones and Collins each had two apiece.
WASHINGTON-ST. LOUIS 9, UCHICAGO 0 (5 innings)
The Bears' Maggie Clapp held the Maroons to just two hits in Friday's nightcap loss.
Washington-St. Louis netted an unearned run in the first inning and then plated three more in the third with the aid of two Maroon errors to take a 4-0 advantage. That lead ballooned to nine with the hosts' five-run third that put the game out of reach for UChicago.
Megan Stoppelman took the loss in the circle, striking out one. Only five of Washington-St. Louis' nine runs were earned.
- Saturday, March 31: UChicago at Washington-St. Louis (DH), 12 pm CT