DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Softball team lost their season opener, but rebounded with a clutch 3-2 win to split a doubleheader with Albright College on Saturday afternoon.
Ashley Royer went 3-for-6 on the day while Nina Marcano ripped three hits and drove in three runs in the two games combined. Lily Engel earned the pitching victory in game two, allowing just two earned runs on five hits in six innings of work.
In game one, Wesley found themselves in a 9-1 hole after Albright put up three runs in each of the first three innings. The Wolverines chipped away at the Albright lead in the bottom of the third inning, scoring five runs to make it 9-6. Marcano provided the big hit in the inning, ripping a two-run single right back up the middle to bring home Breanna Hartman and Samantha Burns. Albright added a run in the fifth and closed down the Wolverines to earn the 10-6 win in game one.
Game two was a different story for the Wolverines. The Navy and White used solid defense and timely hitting behind a crafty pitching performance from Engel to get the 3-2 win. The squad allowed Albright a pair of runs in the top of the first, but responded in the bottom of the frame with two of their own. Burns led off with a walk and scored two batters later on a Marcano triple. The three-bagger gave Marcano 15 career triples, moving her into second on Wesley's all-time list. Ashley Royer brought her home two pitches later with a single up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
The Wolverines battled not only Albright, but the ensuing sunset as the two teams were running out of daylight to finish their contest. In the bottom of the fifth, Wesley found a way to manufacture the go-ahead run. Burns led off with a bloop single and advanced to second on an errant throw. Three batters later, Royer came through again, this time with a double to the right-center gap to bring home the go-ahead run. Engel shut down the side in the top of the sixth and the game was called for darkness, giving Wesley a 3-2 victory.
The Wolverines begin their season with a 1-1 mark and will return to action on Sunday afternoon. The squad will take on Swarthmore College in another doubleheader.