CHICAGO – A near no-hitter transformed into a dramatic walk-off rally on Sunday afternoon as the University of Chicago softball team went 1-1 in a doubleheader with Kalamazoo College.
The Maroons moved to 7-11 on the season and the Hornets ran their record to 10-7.
Game One – UChicago 4, Kalamazoo 3
For the opening six innings of their home debut at Stagg Field, the Maroons were firmly in control. First-year pitcher Bethany Regnerus entered the seventh inning needing only three more outs for her first collegiate no-hitter.
However, Kalamazoo broke up the bid with a leadoff single. A potential double-play grounder turned into an error instead. After a fielder's choice, the Hornets belted a three-run homer to left field to seize their first lead of the afternoon, 3-2.
Despite the dramatic momentum swing, UChicago answered immediately with first-year infielder Savannah Pinedo's leadoff homer that soared over the left field foul pole. A single and a sacrifice bunt put the winning run on second base for pinch hitter Lainey Hughes. The first-year delivered the knockout blow with a double to the right-center gap that ended the walk-off win, 4-3.
The game flew by in an efficient 70 minutes as both pitchers stayed in the strike zone. UChicago's opening two tallies came courtesy of first-year catcher Katie O'Donnell's home run in the bottom of the third.
Regnerus improved her record to 5-3 in the complete-game effort. Her pitching line included two hits, two earned runs, one walk and one strikeout. The Maroons totaled seven hits and one error.
Game Two – Kalamazoo 9, UChicago 5
The second inning saw Kalamazoo draw ahead 1-0 on a sacrifice fly. UChicago then went up 3-1 thanks to a two-run double by senior first base Carly Schulz and a RBI single from sophomore outfielder Abby Hayes.
The Hornets kept their offense rolling with three runs in the third and two more in the fourth. But the Maroons kept pace in the fourth and fifth frames. First-year outfielder Maddy Mudrick knocked a RBI single and sophomore catcher Gabi Angellotti lined a solo homer over the center field wall to make it 6-5.
Kalamazoo gave itself some breathing room by going up 9-5 in the top of the sixth. The home side looked poised to narrow the gap by loading the bases in the bottom half. But a pop out ended the threat without any runners crossing the plate.
Hayes accounted for three of the team's 11 hits. Schulz went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and a walk. Angellotti hit 2-for-4.
- Wednesday, April 10 @ 3:00 PM – Finlandia University at UChicago (DH)