WC softball earns first OAC sweep since ’14


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The Wilmington College softball team allowed two unearned runs, one in each game, as they earned their first Ohio Athletic Conference sweep since 2014 with a pair of wins (2-1 and 6-1) over Baldwin Wallace Saturday at the Wilmington College softball complex.

Sophomore Chandler Fields’ two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning scored pinch runner Kennedy Metz with the eventual winning run in a 2-1 win.

The game-winning rally started with a two-out single by Allison Pierce, who was pinch ran for by Metz. Junior Kerrie Trautman worked a two-out walk ahead of Fields’ pinch-hit single.

Eight different WC batters recorded hits as the Fightin’ Quakers collected 11 hits Saturday. Savannah Hooper was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored, while sophomore Whitney Edwards and Pierce each went 2-for-3.

Sophomore Becca Carpenter, 4-9, picked up the victory, allowing one unearned run on five hits with four strikeouts. She added Wilmington’s lone extra base-hit, a fourth-inning double.

Wilmington plated runs in three of its six innings, including a three-run fifth, to secure the OAC sweep with a 6-1 victory.

The Fightin’ Quakers took the lead with a RBI double by Trautman that scored senior Megan Warren from third. A two-out error scored Edwards with an addition run in the inning.

Wilmington loaded the bases for the first of three times in the third inning, but managed just a single run on Pierce’s sacrifice fly. WC failed to score in the fourth inning after loading the bases, but didn’t allow a third chance to be squandered.

Edwards started the fifth with a single, and then Trautman added a one-out single. Sophomore Sawyer Hooper loaded the bases with a bunt single, and Fields cleared the bases with a double.

Warren was 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and stolen base, while Trautman was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Fields was 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a stolen base.

Sophomore Beth Persicano, 2-2, allowed an unearned run on five hits to pick up the victory. She recorded three strikeouts with two walks. Carpenter slammed the door getting the final two outs after BW put two runners on base.


Franklin sweeps

WC softball Sunday

FRANKLIN – The Wilmington College softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games Sunday to Franklin, 7-6 and 13-5.

A two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning provided the host Grizzlies with the winning runs in the first game of the doubleheader.

Franklin took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the FC lead didn’t last long. Freshman Allison Pierce singled and junior Kerrie Trautman walked, both with one out, to spark the rally. Pierce scored on a wild pitch, and junior Olivia Bauer singled home Trautman. Senior Megan Warren capped the scoring with a two-run double.

Wilmington took the lead in the sixth inning after sophomore Courtney Mackey drew a two-out walk, and moved to second on a wild pitch. She scored on a single by Warren.

Warren finished the game 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI, while Pierce was 2-for-3 with double, an RBI and run scored.

Franklin scored in five of its six innings on 20 hits as the Grizzlies completed the sweep with the 13-5 victory. Wilmington aided the offensive onslaught with six errors.

Sophomore Savannah Hooper accounted for three of Wilmington’s seven hits, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Mackey added an RBI triple and Warren had an RBI sacrifice fly.


WC men’s lacrosse

defeated by Mt. Union

The Wilmington College men’s lacrosse team played league-leading Mount Union even for a half, but couldn’t overcome a slow start in their 10-6 loss in Ohio Athletic Conference action at Williams Stadium.

Mount Union scored the only goal in the first period and then tallied the first four of the second period before Wilmington found the back of the net. Junior Chris Hein netted WC’s first goal of the game, scoring with 1:29 remaining in the first half.

The deficit could have been greater if not for the play of junior goalkeeper Paul Koerbel. He finished with contest with 12 saves on 22 shots.

Sophomore Matt Dugan scored Wilmington’s only goal in the third period as the Fightin’ Quakers were outscored 3-1, and trailed 8-2 heading into the final 15 minutes.

Seniors Alexander Gossard and Jalen Jackson each scored and assisted on goals as Wilmington scored three of the first four markers in the fourth period. With Wilmington pulling to within four with 5:51 remaining, the Fightin’ Quakers had a couple chances to pull closer.

Junior Reid Delaney tallied the game’s final goal, a short-handed tally, with 1:53 left. It was as close as Wilmington could get.

Hein and Delaney each scored twice and an assisted on another to lead Wilmington.

Wilmington honored its nine seniors – Jesse Buhrman, Camden Doherty, Austin Johnston, Zach Swenson, Alex Barton, Ethan Zimpfer, Garyk Todd, Gossard and Jackson – prior to the start of the game.


WC women’s

lacrosse falls 29-1

ALLIANCE – The Wilmington College women’s lacrosse team fell to Mount Union, 29-1, Saturday in Ohio Athletic Conference action at Mount Union Stadium.

Junior Nikki Northern scored Wilmington’s only goal of the game, a marker with 19:11 remaining in the first half.

Senior Stephanie Belz led the team with five draw controls as Mount Union held a 21-11 edge in draw controls.

Senior Katie Bennett made five saves and had a team-high six ground balls.


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