UChicago Softball Splits at Roosevelt; Tops Lakers 6-1 in Opener

Sara Koniewicz
Sara Koniewicz

ROSEMONT –  The University of Chicago softball team split with Roosevelt University Tuesday in a road doubleheader.

The Maroons (15-11) defeated the Lakers (11-35) 6-1 in the opener before falling in Game 2, 15-9, at the Ball Park in Rosemont.

UCHICAGO 6, ROOSEVELT 1
The Maroons got on the board first and didn't look back in Tuesday's opener. On the defensive end, starter Molly Moran (8-4) only gave up one hit in five innings pitched and reliever Megan Stoppelman threw a solid two frames to close out the game.

Moran struck out seven and didn't give up an earned run in her eighth victory of the year.

The visitors didn't waste any time entering the scoring column, as Carly Schulz got things started by singling, stealing second and advancing to third on a Laker error and then scored on another Roosevelt miscue.

The Maroons used some small-ball to plate two in the second, bunting three straight times including two for hits by Serena Moss and Sara Koniewicz. Moss and Skye Collins (walk) would later score on an error to make the score 3-0, Maroons.

UChicago would net single runs in the fifth (Holli Jones run on an error), sixth (Maeve Garvey sacrifice fly) and seventh (Emma Nelson RBI groundout) to build a 6-0 lead before Roosevelt answered with an score on a wild pitch to avoid the shutout.

The hosts committed six errors in Game 1, leading to four unearned runs for UChicago.

The Maroons totaled eight hits, led by two each from Nelson (two RBI) and Schulz.

 

ROOSEVELT 15, UCHICAGO 9
The Lakers scored seven runs in the first two innings and then used a big five-run fourth to put the game out of reach in Tuesday's nightcap.

Roosevelt put four on the board in the first, capitalizing on Maroons errors struggles in the circle to take an early lead. The Maroons did respond with three runs in the top of the second, as Megan Stoppelman, Carly Schulz, and Abby Hayes delivered RBIs in the frame to cut the lead to one at 4-3.

But the Lakers would answer with three more scores in the bottom of second, led off by a solo home run to left center by Caitlyn Santiago. Up 7-3, Roosevelt used a huge fourth inning to take a commanding lead, recording five hits to score five runs and push the advantage to 12-3.

The Maroons had one last gasp in the sixth, recording three runs on four hits – the biggest a two-RBI double by senior Sara Koniewicz. But the hosts had one more big inning in them, netting three runs in the sixth. Garvey's sacrifice fly in the seventh completed the Maroons' scoring.

Schulz finished 4-for-5 with an RBI, Koniewicz was 3-for-4 with three RBI and Abby Hayes (RBI), Serena Moss and Jordyne Prussak (two RBI) each had two hits to lead the Maroons in the setback.

 

NEXT GAME:

  • Wednesday, April 25: UChicago at Wheaton (DH), 3/5PM CT