APPLETON, Wis. – Senior Colleen Bennett came up with the big hits to give the University of Chicago softball team a big 11-7 win in extra innings to preserve a split against host Lawrence University Saturday.
Bennett swung for three doubles and four RBI – including the game-winner in the ninth – to help the Maroons (11-15) win one against the Vikings (10-16), who took Game 1, 4-2.
GAME 2: UCHICAGO 11, LAWRENCE 7
The Maroons needed nine innings, but UChicago completed a late-game comeback in a big way to come home with a split against the host Vikings.
After Colleen Bennett's RBI double in the top of the seventh to tie it at 7-all, the Maroons' defense got out of a couple jams – namely the double play in the bottom of the eighth that ended Lawrence's chance with a runner on third – to set up a big offensive ninth frame.
It was Bennett again who delivered then with another RBI double to score Samantha Lauro, who ran for Maeve Garvey (walk) and advanced to second on an Abby Hayes sacrifice. UChicago wasn't done, though, as Gabi Angellotti (double), Savannah Pinedo and Maddy Mudrick all delivered their own RBI hits to give the Maroons a four-run cushion.
First-year Olivia Dunne would hold off the Vikings in the bottom of the ninth, despite two runners on with one out. Her defense was there to back her up with a game-ending double-play to seal the win. Dunne earned her second victory of the year, throwing three innings of relief and allowing just three hits and no earned runs.
Bennett finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI and three doubles, and first-year Lainey Hughes added a stellar offensive day with two hits and three RBI – including a two-run home run in the fifth that brought the Maroons within one, at 6-5.
GAME 1: LAWRENCE 4, UCHICAGO 2
Vikings starter Emilia Jackson held the Maroons off the board for all innings except their two-run second in Saturday's opener loss.
Pinedo and Skye Collins each delivered RBI singles in that inning, giving the visitors an early 2-0 lead. But the Vikings would respond with a big second frame of their own, scoring four runs – one on a walk and another on a hit-by-pitch, to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Hayes (double) and Collins each had two hits each for UChicago and first-year Katie O'Donnell added a double to lead the Maroons' eight-hit effort, while the combination of pitchers Bethany Regnerus, Dunne and Jordyne Prussak held Lawrence to eight hits.
- Tuesday, April 23: UChicago at Aurora (DH), 3:30 P.M./5:30 P.M.