HOLLAND, Mich. – A grand slam in game one led the University of Chicago softball team to a doubleheader split with Hope College on Tuesday.
The Maroons ran their record to 10-14, while the Flying Dutch moved to 18-8.
Game One – UChicago 6, Hope 5
The hosts went up 4-0 by the end of the third inning, scoring on two singles, an error and a sacrifice fly. Hope's starting pitcher then went on to retire 10-straight batters entering the top of the fifth inning.
But UChicago got off the schnide with three singles that loaded the bases. A throwing error on the pitcher scored one run, which then brought first-year Katie O'Donnell to the plate. The rookie proceeded to bash a grand-slam home run to left field that gave the Maroons a 5-4 lead.
First-year infielder Savannah Pinedo came up with the bases filled once again in the sixth inning and delivered a RBI single to left. Hope worked out of the jam without any further damage.
Down to their final out in the seventh, Hope got within one after scoring on a wild pitch. However, first-year pitcher Olivia Dunne struck out the final batter looking to pick up the save.
Junior Megan Stoppelman (1-0 record) earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief, while Dunne closed out the final two innings. Senior Jordyne Prussak tossed the opening three frames with two earned runs allowed.
Game Two – Hope 9, UChicago 4
The Maroons struck the opening blow in the top of the first with three-straight singles, as senior designated player Maeve Garvey plated the first run. In the second inning, senior infielder Colleen Bennett led off with a triple and scored on Nelson's double. Lauro grounded out to plate Nelson two batters later.
The Flying Dutch put up six runs in the first two frames to seize control of the game. After O'Donnell laced a RBI single to right field in the top of the sixth, Hope responded with a three-run homer to provide a cushion in the bottom half.
Garvey, O'Donnell and Nelson all posted two hits apiece for UChicago, which tallied 10 total hits and one error. First-year pitcher Bethany Regnerus (6-5 record) took the loss in two innings of work. Stoppelman accounted for the last four innings of relief.
- Saturday, April 20 @ 1:00 PM – UChicago at Lawrence University (DH)