BEXLEY – The Wilmington College softball team dropped both ends of an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader Sunday, losing in contrasting fashions. The games were moved from Saturday due to inclement weather.
Wilmington committed four errors, two coming in the bottom of the seventh inning, and fell to the Crusaders, 2-1, in the first game of the Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader.
The seventh inning rally started with a two-out single and continued on an error in right field that moved the winning run to third. An error by the shortstop allowed the winning run to cross the plate.
It was the second straight inning Capital took advantage of a Wilmington error to plate a run. The Crusaders scored the game’s tying run with a two-out triple, scoring the runner who reached on an out-out error,
Senior Jessie Stewart (Fredericktown, OH/Highland) gave Wilmington the lead in the top of the sixth inning. Her two-out single brought home sophomore Savannah Hooper (Leesburg, OH/Wilmington), who started the rally with an one-out single. Hooper finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, and was the only WC batter with multiple hits.
Sophomore Becca Carpenter, 3-6, (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) was the hard-luck losing pitcher, allowing two unearned runs on just four hits in 6 2/3 innings. She added two strikeouts and zero walks.
The Crusaders carried the momentum from the walk-off win into the second game by scoring four runs in the first inning, and scored in all four at-bats en route to the 11-1 win.
Freshman Allison Pierce, 1-2, (Troy, OH/Troy) allowed seven runs, four earned, on six hits in two innings of work. She issued two walks with no strikeouts. Sophomore Beth Persicano (Nashville, TN/Cincinnati Turpin) allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits in two innings.
Hooper went 3-for-3 with an RBI to register three of Wilmington’s four hits.
Wilmington (8-10 overall, 0-4 OAC) hosts Muskingum 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for its OAC home opener.