Hutchison comes through in sweep
March 6, 2013
Junior Olivia Hutchison's two-out, two-run pinch-hit single provided the margin of victory in Wilmington's 2-0 victory over Penn State-Behrend Tuesday. (Wilmington photo)
FT. MYERS, FL – Olivia Hutchison’s two-out, two-run pinch-hit single in the bottom of the fifth inning provided the only runs Wilmington scored as the Lady Quakers won their second game of the day, beating Penn State-Behrend Wednesday, 2-0, in the Gene Cusic Classic.
Hutchison (Mason, OH/Mason) kept Wilmington from wasting a bases loaded, no-out opportunity in a pitching battle that was destined to come down to which team blinked first. Heading the WC half of the fifth inning, each team had mustered just one hit.
“Olivia is a very strong, mentally tough individual on the softball and off the softball is just a tough kid,” said head coach Beth Floyd. “She has been swinging the bat well for us, and she always comes up big for us.”
Junior Erika Lee (Blanchester, OH/Blanchester) kicked off the scoring inning with a single, and then Wilmington was able to load the bases with back-to-back infield bunt singles. But consecutive pop outs had the threat in peril. No worries as Hutchison drove in her first two runs of the season.
While the Wilmington bats were struggling, junior Danielle Monnier (Houston, OH/Houston) had the Lions baffled. She struck out the first four batters, and finished with her second consecutive complete game shutout. Monnier allowed just one hit, a bleeder that found its way between the first and second baseman, to go along with eight strikeouts.
Senior Kelsey Becker (Clarksville, IN/Clarksville) went 2-for-2 on a day in which Wilmington managed just six hits.
In the opener, Wilmington pounced on Northland early with seven first-inning runs en route to posting the 13-4 victory.
Sophomore Jess Clutter (Englewood, OH/Northmont) continues to be brilliant on the spring break trip as she lowered her ERA to 0.29 by hurling four innings of two-hit softball. She yielded three unearned runs in the four innings. The Wilmington staff of Clutter, Monnier and junior Catlin Shilling (Waverly, OH/Waverly) has allowed just four earned runs over 54 innings for a team ERA of 0.52.
“There are not enough words to describe how amazing they have been,” said Floyd. “All of their hard work is paying off for them, and our pitchers have been solid. All three that have been on the mound, have been outstanding.”
Junior Stacy Lunsford (Wilmington, OH/Clinton-Massie) drove in three runs for Wilmington, while freshman Emily Phipps lined a double in the fourth inning for her first collegiate hit and first two collegiate RBI. Hutchison, Shilling and freshman Megan Warren (Grove City, OH/Grove City) all had two hits in WC’s 13-hit barrage.
“The kids weren’t pleased with how they hit yesterday, and they came out really focused – attacking the ball, being the aggressor. They just a great job about having a short-term memory about yesterday’s hitting performance.”
Wilmington (7-1) will wrap up its 10-game trip with two games Thursday. They will face Wartburg at 9 a.m., followed by Dominican at 11 a.m.