CLERMONT, Fla. – The University of Chicago softball team captured its first win of the season 4-2 over Union (N.Y.) College before falling late to St. Catherine University 5-4 on Sunday.
The Maroons now stand at 1-3 on the season at the start of its 12-game spring break road trip in Florida.
Game One – UChicago 4, Union 2
UChicago wasted little time in drawing ahead in the top of first inning. First-year outfielder Samantha Lauro led off with a single, stole second base and scored on a double by senior outfielder Maeve Garvey.
Union struck back in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game before the Maroons escaped a bases-loaded jam without further damage. The Dutch went up 2-1 in the second on an RBI double.
First-year first base Jules Waller knotted the game back up with a single to center field in the top of the fourth. Then in the sixth, it was sophomore Abby Hayes who came through in the clutch with a pinch-hit triple that plated the go-ahead runs.
The Maroons collected eight hits while committing one error.
Game Two – St. Catherine 5, UChicago 4
The first inning continued to pay dividends for the Maroons, this time with three runs crossing home plate. Three-straight singles included first-year infielder Savannah Pinedo's RBI knock to right field. Waller posted a bases-loaded single and first-year outfielder Lainey Hughes' RBI groundout made it 3-0.
Pinedo did more damage in the very next inning by whacking a run-scoring double to left field. That proved to be UChicago's final tally of the afternoon.
St. Catherine slowly but surely chipped away at the deficit by scoring on a pair of sacrifice flies and a passed ball. Then in the bottom of the sixth, a two-out single netted the tying and go-ahead scores.
The Maroons put a runner on third with two outs in the seventh before St. Catherine closed the game with a strikeout.
Offensively, UChicago recorded nine hits while making one error defensively. Hayes was 3-for-4 at the plate while Pinedo and first-year outfielder Maddy Mudrick each hit 2-for-4.
Regnerus (1-1) absorbed the loss in relief, with three runs in two innings. First-year Olivia Dunne pitched four innings as the starter in the circle.
- Tuesday, Mar. 26 @ 11:45 AM / 2:15 PM (ET) – UChicago vs. Carleton and Oberlin (at Clermont, Fla.)