Softball swept in OAC opener
March 23, 2013
Junior Erika Lee made her first appearance in the circle this season due to an injury. (Wilmington photo/Randy Sarvis)
The Wilmington College softball team struggled as the Lady Quakers opened Ohio Athletic Conference action by getting swept by Marietta Saturday by identical 11-4 scores. The 22 runs marks the most runs allowed in any day, while the 11 runs allowed are the most in any game this season.
“We just didn’t play well today,” said head coach Beth Floyd. “On a positive note, we know we can, and will, play better.”
Back-to-back home runs by senior Brooke Byrne (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) and junior Catlin Shilling (Waverly, OH/Waverly) gave WC the 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Marietta answered by two in the second, but sophomore Allie Noggle (Ashville, OH/Teay Valley) helped Wilmington reclaim the lead. After driving home a run in the bottom of the second, she got in a rundown during a steal attempt to allow WC to bring another run home.
But the Pioneers responded again in the top of the third with two, and then blew the game open with five in the fourth.
Wilmington junior Danielle Monnier (Houston, OH/Houston) took the loss to fall to 6-1 on the season. Monnier allowed just three hits in 2 2/3 innings, but struggled with control. She issued four walks, had three wild pitches and hit a batter before leaving with an injury. All four runs allowed in her stay were earned.
Junior Olivia Hutchison (Mason, OH/Mason) was 3-for-3, all singles, while Byrne finished with two hits in three at-bats.
Marietta scored runs in each of the first four innings to take an 8-1 lead en route to the 11-4 victory in the nightcap.
A double by Shilling in the fourth inning helped cut the Wilmington deficit to 8-3, and a single by Hutchison drew WC even closer to 8-4. However, the Lady Quaker rally stymied right there and Marietta quickly answered with three runs of its own in the top of the fifth.
Lunsford and Byrne each had two hits for Wilmington, which fell to 12-4 overall and 0-2 in the OAC. Wilmington’s game slated for Sunday at Spalding has been postponed due to impending weather, and will return to action 1 p.m. Saturday at Heidelberg.
Sophomore Jess Clutter (Edgewood, OH/Northmont) fell to 4-3 on the season, allowing 11 runs (seven earned) on 11 hits.