WC softball earns first sweep of Marietta in more than decade

WILMINGTON – For the first time in more than a decade, the Wilmington College softball team swept a doubleheader from Marietta College.

The Quakers defeated the Pioneers 3-2 in come-from-behind fashion in game one and took game two 10-2 in six innings Saturday afternoon.

“We did a great job of staying focused despite playing behind at times,” WC coach Beth Floyd said. “They believe in themselves and kept working hard all day.”

In the opener, Grace Shell was perfect early, retiring the first 13 batters she faced, including nine by strikeout. Allison Pierce doubled home Megan Crager in the first to put WC on top 1-0.

But Marietta scored two in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Jillia Cook and Pierce had sacrifice flies to put WC back on top in the sixth.

Shell finished with 12 strikeouts as she improved to 8-4 on the year. Pierce had two hits and two RBI while Hayley Suchland and Kennedy Clifton had one hit each.

In the nightcap, Marietta took a 2-0 lead but then it was all WC.

Alexis Stringfellow and Hunter Salyers pitched the first four innings then Shell returned to the mound in the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Wilmington sent 14 batters to the plate and scored nine runs.

“We kept getting people on, but couldn’t find a hole early in game two,” Floyd said. “We kept passing the bat in the fifth.”

Shell was the winning pitcher again in game two allowing one hit in two innings.

Offensively, eight Quakers got a hit in the game including Mariah Huff’s 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs. KenDahl Bowles finished 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.

Wilmington improves to 17-9 on the season and 5-7 in OAC play with the victories. Due to weather, the series with Oberlin College Sunday was canceled. The Quakers’ will return to action at Capital University on Tuesday.