FRANKLIN – The Wilmington College softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games Sunday to Franklin, 7-6 and 13-5.
A two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning provided the host Grizzlies with the winning runs in the first game of the doubleheader.
Franklin took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the FC lead didn’t last long.
Freshman Allison Pierce (Troy, OH/Troy) singled and junior Kerrie Trautman (Hartville, OH/Field) walked, both with one out, to spark the rally. Pierce scored on a wild pitch, and junior Olivia Bauer (Willard, OH/Willard) singled home Trautman. Senior Megan Warren (Grove City, OH/Grove City) capped the scoring with a two-run double.
The Grizzlies reclaimed the lead with a pair of runs in the second, but an RBI single by Pierce evened the score in the third.
Wilmington took the lead in the sixth inning after sophomore Courtney Mackey (Wooster, OH/Northwestern) drew a two-out walk, and moved to second on a wild pitch. She scored on a single by Warren.
Warren finished the game 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI, while Pierce was 2-for-3 with double, an RBI and run scored.
Sophomore Becca Carpenter, 4-10, (South Charleston, OH/Southeastern) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in six innings of action.
Franklin scored in five of its six innings on 20 hits as the Grizzlies completed the sweep with the 13-5 victory. Wilmington aided the offensive onslaught with six errors.
The Fightin’ Quakers scored a single run in the third inning, two in the fourth and two more in the sixth.
Sophomore Savannah Hooper (Leesburg, OH/Wilmington) accounted for three of Wilmington’s seven hits, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Mackey added an RBI triple and Warren had an RBI sacrifice fly.
Wilmington (10-18 overall, 2-10 OAC) travels to league-leading Otterbein 3 p.m. Wednesday.