Quaker softball rallies for split with ONU

ADA, Ohio — For the second consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference twinbill, the Wilmington College softball team rallied from a game-one shutout to win the nightcap.

On Tuesday, Wilmington defeated Ohio Northern 8-4 after losing the opener 3-0.

Game one was a pitcher’s duel between WC’s Izzy Rothrock and ONU’s Ashley Lenser. Judaea Wilson provided one of WC’s two hits in the game, doubling in the sixth, but a strikeout ended the threat.

Rothrock dipped to 1-4 with the loss despite allowing just two earned runs in 5.1 innings. Hillary Huffer recorded the final two outs for the Quakers. Lindsey Carter singled for Wilmington’s only other hit in the first game.

In the nightcap, Arianna Layne got things started in the first with a her second home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence scoring Hayley Suchland. Mollie Moore added an RBI-double in the second, but WC blew the game open in the top of the third as two hits, including a double from Layne and three ONU errors plated four runs. Up 7-0 a third Layne RBI-hit in the fourth put the visitors up 8-0.

Huffer, who relieved starter Alexis Stringfellow in the fourth, earned her second career victory, striking out five and allowed just two hits and one earned run in the final 3.1 innings.

Layne finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored while Suchland had two hits and stole a base.

Wilmington (8-6, 2-2 OAC) is scheduled to return to the diamond against Marietta College at home 1 p.m. Saturday.