FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – With a split at Capital Athletic Conference rival Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon, the Wesley College softball team clinched a winning record for the season for the first time since 2001. The Wolverines dropped the opener, 4-2, before taking the nightcap, 12-9, and now stand at 17-8 overall with a 1-7 mark in the CAC. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 15-11 and 3-5 in league play.
Wesley's 17 victories match last year's total where it went 17-17. The 17 wins were the most by the Wolverines since 2005 when they went 17-22.
To start the second game, Wesley scored two runs in the first on an RBI single by Nina Marcano followed by Brook Creighton reaching on an error by the right fielder. Morgan Seymour, who connected for a single earlier, scored on Marcano's base knock while Tiarra Maddox crossed home on Creighton's fly ball.
Mary Washington got one of those runs back in its half of the frame but the Wolverines got four runs on five hits in the second to take a 6-1 advantage. Kayla Fromal scored the first run of the inning on a passed ball before back-to-back RBI hits by Steph Caracozza and Lauren Hoffman. Samantha Mahoski scored on Caracozza's base knock while both Breanna Hartman and Caracozza touched home on Hoffman's double to the gap in left center.
Once again, Mary Washington answered, this time with three runs to cut Wesley's lead to 6-4 after two innings. Both teams went scoreless in the third while relief pitcher Lindsay Siok retired the UMW side in the third after replacing Lily Engel after 1.1 innings.
Caracozza led off the fourth inning for Wesley with a single and following two-straight outs, Maddox drove her in with a double down the left field line and Maddox scored as Marcano tripled to centerfield. The Eagles matched the Navy & White with two runs of their own in the fourth but Wesley scored four runs on two hits and three UMW errors in the fifth to extend its lead to 12-6.
With two outs in the Wolverines' fifth, Seymour was credited with two RBIs despite an error by the second baseman and she, as well as Caracozza scored as Maddox followed with a double to centerfield.
Mary Washington was able to get a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh but it was not enough as Wesley earned its first CAC win of the year and first-ever against Mary Washington.
Caracozza and Marcano both had three hits in game two while Maddox drove in three runs with a pair of doubles. Hoffman, Seymour and Marcano all drove in two runs apiece.
Siok earned the win, allowing four earned runs in 5.2 innings of relief.
The opener was not as friendly to Wesley but was a well-played game by both sides. The Wolverines took a 1-0 lead on a RBI double by Fromal in the fourth which scored Creighton after she was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately, Mary Washington scored three times in its half of the inning.
An RBI groundout by Mahoski in the sixth scored Creighton once again, but just like before, Mary Washington answered and took a 4-2 lead which Wesley could not overcome.
Seymour led the Navy & White with a pair of hits in game one while Siok took the loss despite allowing just three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings. Destiny Davis relieved Siok and gave up a run in the sixth.
Wesley travels to Arcadia for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday, April 6 at 5 pm.