CHICAGO – The University of Chicago softball team wrapped up its four-game series with Case Western Reserve University on Sunday with a pair of close losses.
The Maroons dropped to 19-15, and the Spartans improved to 31-8.
Game One – Case Western Reserve 4, UChicago 1
UChicago's offense was limited to three hits in the opener, with Maeve Garvey providing the fireworks. The junior outfielder smacked her fifth home run of the season with a solo blast to center field in the bottom of the fourth.
CWRU tallied three runs in the third inning via singles, and added a solo homer in the fifth to account for the final score.
Senior pitcher Molly Moran (10-6 record) tossed a complete game, striking out two.
Game Two – Case Western Reserve 5, UChicago 2
The long balls kept coming in game two, with three more blasts over the center field fence. UChicago's offense began to find its rhythm and threatened to break out throughout the contest, posting 10 hits total.
After a two-run homer and RBI double from the Spartans in the top of the second inning, the Maroons got one back in the bottom of the frame. Junior starting pitcher Jordyne Prussak singled up the middle to drive in junior outfielder Serena Moss.
Several golden opportunities to score were snuffed out by the visitors. UChicago knocked three-straight singles to load the bases at the start of the fourth inning, but one out occurred on the base paths in a rundown scenario. With two outs and two runners on, first-year third base Skye Collins hit a laser to dead center field that was heading over. However, CWRU's center fielder timed her leap, stuck her glove above the fence line and robbed the potential three-run homer to end the inning.
The Maroons loaded the bases once more in the fifth, but once again the visiting defense was in the right place to snag a line drive to get the third out. As the game progressed, every UChicago liner seemed to be right near defenders who made the play.
Collins got the chance to repeat herself in the bottom of the sixth, and this time no thievery at the wall would deny her. The rookie cranked her second homer of the season to straight-away center to make the score 5-2.
The Maroons received two hits each from sophomore shortstop Emma Nelson, Garvey and Moss. Prussak (6-2 record) threw all seven innings with three strikeouts.
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