CHICAGO – The University of Chicago softball team bounced back from a tough game one loss with a great pitching performance from Molly Moran in the nightcap to go 1-1 versus North Central College on Tuesday afternoon.
The Maroons moved to 20-16 on the season. The Cardinals ran their record to 30-8.
Between games, UChicago celebrated Senior Day with recognitions for pitcher Molly Moran and utility player Sara Koniewicz. The senior class owns a four-year record of 88-59 (.599 winning percentage) with two trips to the NCAA postseason (2016 and 2017).
Game One – North Central 12, UChicago 8
The Cardinals came out swinging from the very first pitch in the opener. After a leadoff single, North Central cracked a two-run homer, which was then followed by a three-run blast shortly afterwards. All told, the visitors jumped out to an 8-0 advantage through three innings.
UChicago's offense found more life as the game progressed. Junior first base Carly Schulz knocked a RBI single through the right side in the fourth. Then in the fifth, sophomore catcher Holli Jones uppercut the ball over the left field fence for a solo shot, followed by a RBI single up the middle by first-year second base Abby Hayes.
Even when faced with an 11-3 deficit, the Maroons kept fighting. Five more runs came across in the bottom of the sixth. An error with the bases loaded got momentum rolling, then first-year designated player Gabi Angellotti roped a three-run double to the right field corner. Hayes made the score 11-8 with a RBI single to right center.
However, North Central added an insurance run in the seventh and retired the Maroons in order to preserve the win.
UChicago tallied 11 hits and one error. Hayes batted 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Angellotti smacked two doubles for a total of three RBI. Schulz was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Moran took the loss in two innings of work. Sophomore Megan Stoppelman hurled the final five innings.
Game Two – UChicago 2, North Central 0
While the first contest stretched over two hours with plenty of offensive fireworks, game two was the polar opposite. The teams combined for only seven hits as the innings flew by at a rapid pace.
Moran was back in the pitching circle as the starter and effectively shook off game one's disappointment. Although NCC filled the bags in the top of the second, the senior righthander induced a fly out to shallow center and sent the next hitter down on strikes to escape the jam. Each time that the visitors threatened, Moran dug in and secured the necessary outs.
The game's only runs came in the bottom of the first. A walk and two singles put three Maroons on base. Junior outfielder Serena Moss then worked the count full and drew a run-scoring walk. A RBI sacrifice fly by first-year third base Skye Collins immediately followed.
North Central turned a pair of double plays to end UChicago rallies. But two runs proved more than enough for Moran, who struck out the final batter to clinch her third shutout of the season. In seven innings, the senior struck out five with three hits and two walks allowed. With her 14th complete game, Moran improved to 11-7 on the season.
The Maroons finished with four hits and three errors. Hayes and Schulz both went 2-for-4 at the plate.
- Wednesday, May 2 @ 3:00 PM – Elmhurst College at UChicago (DH)