Pitching powers WC softball to sweep of Albion

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington College softball team rebounded from an Ohio Athletic Conference opening loss to sweep Albion College Sunday 4-0 and 5-1 in non-conference action from the WC Softball Complex.

In the game one win, the Fightin’ Quakers struck in the bottom of the first as Megan Crager and Hayley Suchland set the table for Alecia Kemp who doubled to left field scoring Crager. Allison Pierce hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Kemp.

Leading by two, starter Grace Shell didn’t allow a runner to reach second base until the seventh inning. During that stretch, WC gave its starter two more runs on RBIs by Suchland in the fifth and KenDahl Bowles in the sixth.

Albion would get runners on first and second with one out in the seventh, but consecutive strikeouts from Shell gave the sophomore her fifth complete-game win of the year.

Shell improved to 5-1 scattering six hits in seven innings to go along with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Suchland finished 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored while five other Quakers recorded one hit.

In game two, starter Alexis Stringfellow stranded Albion runners at the corners with a strikeout in the second, and Kennedy Clifton delivered a two-out, RBI-single up the middle that scored Shelby Raby in the bottom of the inning.

Trailing, 1-0, Albion once against got a runner to third in the third inning, but a great defensive play from Bowles at third base prevented a hit and a groundout to shortstop kept the Britons off the scoreboard.

Two innings later, the Quaker put together four hits including a triple from Micalah Hensley that scored two runs and a single from Bowles that plated another. Up 4-0, Abigail Shinkle hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly that scored Je’Taysia Johns in the bottom of the sixth.

Stringfellow earned her third collegiate win allowing just three hits over seven innings with two walks and four strikeouts. In total, Wilmington’s pitching staff allowed just one unearned run in 14 innings on the day.

“Our pitchers did a great job in the circle allowing zero earned runs on the day,” said coach Beth Floyd said. “Our defense did its job as well making a couple of diving catches that were spectacular in the outfield.”

Bowles finished 3-for-3 in game two with an RBI while Suchland, Pierce and Hensley all added multi-hit contests.

Wilmington (10-4) heads to Berea College for a doubleheader Tuesday.