Softball Sweeps Gallaudet

Softball Sweeps Gallaudet

Game 1 Box Score

For the sixth-straight game, all victories, Wesley College's softball team scored in double digits as the Wolverines swept a doubleheader at Gallaudet University on Tuesday afternoon.  Wesley came from behind to win the opener, 12-4 before winning game two, 14-6.

In the opener, Wesley actually got on the board early with two runs in the first.  Tamerra Starr and Ashlyn Booth started the hitting with back-to-back two-out singles.  A double by Nikki Barton scored Starr and Booth later scored as Nicole Piscopo reached on an error.

Gallaudet scored three in the third and one in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead but the Wolverines sent 15 batters to the plate and scored ten runs in the sixth to put the mercy rule into affect.  Piscopo started the rally with a double to right center and she scored on consecutive wild pitches to cut the lead to 4-3.  Ashly Bendorovich followed with a single, got to second on a wild pitch and tied the game as she scored when Meghan McGonigle reached on a throwing error.

Now tied and with McGonigle on third, Brynae Goodley reached second on a fielder's choice as McGonigle held up at third.  Jessica Barranco's RBI grounder scored McGonigle and advanced Goodley to third, but more importantly, gave Wesley the lead.  Back-to-back singles by Samantha Barker and Starr increased the lead and forced the Bison to make a pitching change.

Up, 6-4 with the bases-loaded, Piscopo was walked, Bendorovich was plunked and McGonigle walked to make the score, 9-4 in favor of the Wolverines.  After another pitching move, Goodley drove in two more with a single to centerfield and a single by Barranco scored another for the 12th and final run. 

McGonigle (3-3) then retired the side in the sixth to earn the complete game victory in which she allowed just one earned run on six hits in six innings.

Led by Starr's three hits, Wesley outhit Gallaudet, 12-6, and every player got on base.  Barranco and Goodley both drove in a pair of runs while Barranco and Booth also had multi-hit games. 

The Wolverines did most of their scoring early in the second game, scoring two runs in both the first and second innings.  They would add on another in the third to take a 5-2 lead but really poured it on with six runs in the fourth.

Barker led off the fourth with a triple to right center and scored on Starr's RBI grounder.  Booth then walked to advance Starr to second who later scored on Barton's RBI single.  A walk issued to Taylor Hendricks loaded the bases and Goodley followed up with another free pass to score a run.  Barranco then singled to score both Hendricks and Goodley to finish the scoring in the frame.

The Bison cut the deficit to 11-5 after the sixth inning but Wesley added three insurance runs once again in its final at-bat.  Barranco led off the inning with a bunt single and Barker reached on an error to put two runners on.  Starr advanced both over with a flyout to deep center before Booth drove in both with a single up the middle.  After advancing to second on the throw, Booth scored as Barton reached on a throwing error.

Hendricks (3-0) allowed one run in the seventh but held on to get the complete-game victory which she allowed just three earned runs in seven innings of work.

Barranco once again led the Wolverines with a pair of RBIs in the second game, adding to her 4-5 performance.  For the series, she batted a team-high 6-for-10 (.600) to go with four RBIs.

Tomorrow's doubleheader against Rosemont has been postponed until April 2 so the Wolverines (10-8) will be back in action on March 24 when they travel to face Hood College in a 1 pm Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader.