Quakers softball splits weekend with Marietta

Marietta College held home field advantage on Sunday with two wins over the Wilmington College softball team to split the four-game Ohio Athletic Conference weekend series.

The Pioneers took game one 3-0 and won the nightcap 12-11 in walk-off fashion.

Maddi Liston earned the complete-game win in the opener scattering five hits with five strikeouts. Lindsey Carter pitched six innings for the Quakers, allowing nine hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts.

Offensively, Megan Crager and Carter both went 2-for-3 for the Quakers while Carter also stole a base.

In the second game, Wilmington took a 5-1 lead on a homerun from Hayley Suchland and RBI hits by Alecia Kemp and McKenna Archey. WC increased the lead t0 9-1, taking advantage of three Marietta errors in the fourth and an unearned run in the fifth.

In the circle, Alexis Stringfellow went three innings and was followed to the mound by Suchland, Hillary Huffer and Carter.

Suchland finished game two 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI while Crager and Arianna Layne had two hits each for WC. Kemp and Archey both had one hit and drove in multiple runs.

Wilmington (8-8, 7-5 OAC) will face Muskingum University for a four-game series this weekend.

On Saturday, WC pitching was strong in a pair of home wins, 1-0 and 6-1.

In the first game, Crager had a lead-off homer and that’s all Carter would need as she scattered three hits in seven innings with a walk and a strikeout.

Alongside Crager’s home run, Layne, Lizz Hadley and Carter all had hits for the Quakers.

In the second game, Layne doubled home two runs in the first. Andrea Edmisten scored on a wild pitch in the second then Layne drove home another run, 4-0. Later, Hadley singled in a run to make it 6-0.

Stringfellow earned another complete-game victory for the Quakers, scattering eight hits with four strikeouts.

Layne led the way offensively for the Quakers in game two, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs, two walks and one run scored. Suchland, Hadley and Edmisten also had multi-hit games.