CHICAGO – In the final home games of the season, the University of Chicago softball team took on Elmhurst College on Wednesday afternoon. The Bluejays captured game one by a 5-1 score, while game two was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The Maroons moved to 20-17, and Elmhurst completed its season with a 16-19 record.
Game One – Elmhurst 5, UChicago 1
The first score of the game came on a surprising play on the base paths. UChicago junior outfielder Serena Moss laid down a bunt single in front of the plate, then promptly stole second base. The catcher's throw bounced off Moss' helmet as she slid, and the ball caromed off into the outfield. Moss quickly regained her footing and motored all the way to home plate.
The home side had several opportunities to increase its advantage. But the Maroons stranded runners in scoring position three times in the opening four innings. The third inning ended on a strong throw by an Elmhurst outfielder to cut down the runner at the plate trying to score from second base on a single.
Elmhurst was able to surge in the top of the fifth thanks to crucial defensive miscues. An infield throwing error scored the tying run, and a rundown on the third base line ended poorly, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
The Bluejays added a RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth and a two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh. That 5-1 lead would end up being the final score.
UChicago knocked seven hits while committing two errors. Senior utility player Sara Koniewicz went 2-for-4 with a double. Junior first base Carly Schulz batted 2-for-3, and sophomore catcher Holli Jones was 1-for-1 with two walks.
Senior pitcher Molly Moran (11-8 record) absorbed the loss in seven innings of work. Her pitching line included seven hits, three earned runs, three walks and five strikeouts.