Wilmington, Franklin play to split

Quakers now 8-10

March 20, 2012

Allie Holstein singled and scored a run in Wilmington's game-one win over Franklin.

Allie Holstein singled and scored a run in Wilmington's game-one win over Franklin.

FRANKLIN, Ind. — Wilmington College split a wild softball series with Franklin College Tuesday afternoon.

The Quakers (8-10) took game one, 10-9, and Franklin (4-4) returned the favor with an 8-2 win in game two.

"Overall, I was pleased with how we played today," Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said. "We came out and hit the ball as well as we have all season. We also made some outstanding defensive plays."

In the opener, Wilmington knocked the cover off the ball, scoring two runs in the first, one in the second and seven in the third. Catlin Shilling (Waverly) led the offensive onslaught with three hits and three RBI as the Quakers took a 10-1 lead into the fourth inning.

The Quakers led, 10-2, when Franklin came to bat in the home fifth, needing to score to avoid an early exit via the mercy rule.

One walk and four hit batters — three with the bases loaded — opened the door for a four-run inning as the Grizzlies made it a 10-6 game.

Things got even cozier in the sixth when Franklin scored three more runs to cut Wilmington’s lead to 10-9.

Shilling, pitching in relief, retired the Grizzlies in order in the seventh to pick up her first save of the season.

Danielle Monnier (Houston) got the win to raise her record to 4-5.

The 10 runs were a season high for Wilmington, as were the Quakers’ 14 hits.

Brooke Byrne (Wilmington) and Chelsea Morrow (South Vienna/Northeastern) had two hits apiece. Kelsey Becker (Clarksville, Ind.) contributed a two-run triple. Stacy Lunsford (Wilmington/Clinton-Massie) drove in two runs with a double.

Game two was a process of role reversals as Franklin jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first.

Elise Mariner (North Canton/Hoover) and Erika Lee (Blanchester) drove in runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, as Wilmington made it a 4-2 game.

The Grizzlies broke the game open with four runs in the sixth inning and closed out Wilmington in the seventh to earn the win and the split.

Byrne, Shilling and Becker had two hits apiece. Byrne was 4-for-6 on the day to raise her team-leading batting average to .414.

Wilmington @ Franklin

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Game 1 Final
Franklin, Ind.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
3:30 PM until 6:30 PM
Game 2 Final