CLERMONT, Fla. – The University of Chicago softball team utilized its offense to pull away at crucial junctures, leading to a pair of victories against Carleton College and Oberlin College on Tuesday afternoon in Florida.
The Maroons evened their season record at 3-3.
Game One – UChicago 5, Carleton 2
Carleton jumped to a 1-0 advantage right away and set down UChicago batters in order for the opening three innings. Then in the fourth, the Maroons strung together four hits in-a-row to plate three runs. Senior designated player Maeve Garvey delivered the big blow with a two-run double to left field, which was immediately followed by senior first base Carly Schulz's RBI double to center. They almost scored again but the runner was thrown out at the plate to end the rally.
The Knights got one back on a double steal in the fifth and UChicago gave itself some breathing room with two in the sixth. An error extended the inning, which allowed first-year outfielder Lainey Hughes to deliver a two-run double of her own.
The bottom of the seventh featured some drama as runners reached second and third base with two outs. However, first-year pitcher Olivia Dunne coaxed a game-ending grounder to shortstop for her first collegiate save.
First-year pitcher Bethany Regnerus (2-1 record) earned the six-inning victory. She struck out four with five hits and two walks allowed.
Sophomore outfielder Abby Hayes kept up her torrid hitting by going 2-for-3. The Maroons finished with eight hits and one error.
Game Two – UChicago 9, Oberlin 6
Oberlin loaded the bases in the first inning and pushed one run across the very next batter. However, Dunne dug in and escaped further damage with a strikeout and groundout.
The Maroons answered immediately with a scorching six-run bottom of the first. Seven-straight batters reached base, chasing the starting pitcher before she recorded a single out. A bases-loaded wild pitch tied the game, followed by Garvey's RBI single through the left side. Schulz singled the opposite way to plate one and Hughes knocked a RBI single as well. Junior shortstop Emma Nelson smacked a RBI double, and senior infielder Colleen Bennett threw down a squeeze bunt to make it 6-1.
Schulz singled to lead off the third inning and came around when sophomore third base Skye Collins ripped a double to left center. After that, Oberlin began to find its offensive footing with three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth.
With its lead whittled down to 7-6, the bottom of the fifth provided key insurance. Nelson singled in one and later stole home plate on a double steal to make it 9-6.
Senior pitcher Jordyne Prussak collected the save with 3.1 innings that included two hits and two unearned runs. Dunne (1-1 record) secured a win in her ledger for the opening 3.2 innings of work.
The Maroons compiled a season-best 14 hits with one error committed. Garvey, Schulz, Hughes, Nelson and first-year catcher Katie O'Donnell all tallied two hits apiece.
- Wednesday, Mar. 27 @ 9:30 AM / 11:45 AM (ET) – UChicago vs. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and University of Wisconsin-River Falls (at Clermont, Fla.)