FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Wilmington College softball team split for the second straight day at the 2016 Gene Cusic Classic. Wilmington claimed the first game, 5-3, and then fell in the nightcap, 3-2.
WILMINGTON 5, DOMINICAN 3 (Game One)
Sophomore Becca Carpenter (1-1) didn’t allow a single earned run as the Wilmington softball team beat Dominican, 5-3, in the first game. Carpenter scattered seven hits in seven innings of work, allowing three unearned runs.
Wilmington took the lead in the third inning thanks to some small ball. Freshman Taylor Hill started the rally with a bunt single to the catcher, and sophomore Savannah Hooper added a bunt single to the pitcher.
Junior Sydney Kelly brought both runners home with a single.
The Fightin’ Quakers added two unearned runs in the fourth inning on a throwing error. Senior Megan Warren led the sixth off with a walk, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to the second.
Warren finished the day 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a double, while Hooper was 2-for-3 and a run scored. Hill was also 2-for-2 with two runs scored, and senior Jessie Stewart finished with two hits in 3 at-bats.
WISCONSIN LUTHERAN 3, WILMINGTON 2 (Game Two)
Wilmington was limited to just four hits and committed three errors, which led to two unearned run, in falling to Wisconsin Lutheran, 3-2, Monday.
Sophomore Whitney Edwards gave Wilmington a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a two-out single – scoring Warren. The senior outfielder was issued a one-out walked and moved to third on a sophomore Sawyer Hooper single.
The Warriors claimed the lead with two unearned runs in the top of third and picked up an insurance run in the top of the sixth.
Warren brought home a run in the bottom of the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly, but Wilmington went quietly in the seventh.
For the second straight appearance, freshman Megan Joyner (1-1) was solid in the circle. She allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits in five innings of work.
Sophomore Courtney Mackey, Sawyer Hooper, Edwards and Stewart all had hits for Wilmington.
Wilmington (2-2) returns to action Wednesday, playing Bethany Lutheran at 9 a.m. and Clark at 11 a.m.