UChicago Softball Sweeps Kalamazoo 5-0 and 5-1

Abby Hayes and Molly Moran
Abby Hayes and Molly Moran

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Chicago softball team held Kalamazoo College to a single run over the course of 15 innings and swept a doubleheader 5-0 and 5-1 on Friday.

The Maroons improved to 19-11, while the Hornets fell to 10-24.

Game One – UChicago 5, Kalamazoo 0

UChicago struck the opening blow with a pair of scores in the top of the second inning. After the leadoff hitter got on via error, first-year Abby Hayes smacked a RBI double. She then came home on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Holli Jones.

Hayes scored again in the top of the fourth, this time moving around on a walk, sacrifice bunt and passed ball. Sophomore Christie Ambrose plated her with an infield single. The very next batter was sophomore Emma Nelson, who laced a double of her own to make it 4-0.

Hayes continued her hot streak with a RBI single in the seventh that scored junior Carly Schulz, who doubled two batters earlier.

That was more than enough support for starting pitcher Molly Moran. The senior retired the opening eight batters of the game and hurled her second-straight shutout. With runners on first and third in the bottom of the seventh, she struck out the last two hitters to give her seven K's in the game. Now sporting a 10-4 season record, Moran has held opponents scoreless over her last 19 innings pitched.

UChicago totaled nine hits and one error. Hayes went 3-for-3 with one walk and two RBI. Nelson hit 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Game Two – UChicago 5, Kalamazoo 1

Nelson led off the nightcap with a solo homer to center field. Kalamazoo countered with RBI single in the bottom of the third to even up the scoreboard.

The score remained tied 1-1 as the teams headed into extra innings. The offense picked the perfect time to get rolling, as the visitors tallied four in the top of the eighth. Runs were produced on singles by first-year Skye Collins, junior Maeve Garvey and first-year Gabi Angellotti. Sophomore Megan Stoppelman then closed out the game in the bottom of the frame, stranding two runners for a 5-1 final.

Stoppelman (3-6 record) earned the win in four innings of relief. She struck out two with no runs and two hits allowed. Junior Jordyne Prussak started the opening four innings, with one run on six hits and one strikeout to her credit. The Maroons finished with six hits.

NEXT GAMES:

  • Saturday, April 28 @ 1:00 PM – Case Western Reserve University at UChicago (DH)