WC softball secures first sweep of HU since 2013

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington College softball team won a pair of close Ohio Athletic Conference games against Heidelberg University at the WC Softball Complex Sunday.

The Fightin’ Quakers won game one 3-2 in eight innings and took game two 6-4. The doubleheader sweep marks the program’s first of the Student Princes since winning two games in Tiffin on March 29, 2013.

Lizz Hadley finished 3-for-4 with a run batted in while Megan Crager, Alecia Kemp and Andrea Edmisten all had multi-hit games.

Hadley homed in the third to tie the game at 2-2. The Quakers then squandered scoring chances in the next three innings.

In the eighth, Kemp singled to right center and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt put down by Sarah Monnier. An Edmisten single advanced Kemp to third, and Crager delivered the walk-off hit.

Hayley Suchland earned the win for Wilmington, scattering five hits over eight innings with two earned runs and two strikeouts.

In the nightcap, WC scored first on RBIs by Lindsey Carter, Kemp and Layne. Carter scored on a wild pitch in the fifth.

Carter picked up her first win on the mound, allowing just one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Suchland earned the four-out save.

Suchland finished 2-for-4 hitting with two runs scored while Carter went 2-for-3 and also scored two runs. Layne added a 1-for-3 performance with three RBIs.

Wilmington (4-4, 3-1 OAC) faces Baldwin Wallace University next weekend.

On Saturday in Tiffin, Wilmington split a pair of games with Heidelberg, winning 8-7 in nine innings and losing 9-6.

In the opener, Carter earned the pitching victory, scattering four hits over the final four innings without surrendering a run. Offensively, the Quakers had 15 hits as a team and were led by 3-for-5 performances from both Crager and Hadley.

WC won the game in the ninth when Archey doubled home Hadley. Carter then closed it out in relief by inducing a 4-3 double play after Heidelberg put the leadoff runner on base.

In game two, Wilmington scored first but Heidelberg rallied for a 6-2 lead. In the fourth, the Quakers batted around, utilizing RBI-hits from Monnier and Suchland as well as a wild pitch to tie the game 6-6.

Carter and Huffer split the pitching duties going three innings each. Carter took the loss, but Huffer allowed just three hits and one unearned run over the final three innings.

Carter and Kemp had multi-hit games for the Quakers.