CLERMONT, Fla. - In their final day of competition at The Spring Games, the Wesley College Softball team dropped two tight affairs on Friday, falling 2-1 to Misericordia University and dropping game two 3-1 to Lakeland College.
In game one, Samantha Burns went 4-for-4 from the plate while Kateri Peters went 1-for-3 with a run scored and Lauren Hoffman recorded the team's only RBI. The Wesley offense could not prop up a fantastic performance by Sydney Botsch. The freshman twirled seven innings allowing two runs in the top of the first and shutting the Cougars down the rest of the way. She finished with four strikeouts.
Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Wolverines strung together a pair of singles by Peters and Kayla Fromal. Two batters later, Peters came around to score on a single by Hoffman. With two outs and the tying run in scoring position, Wesley threatened to tie the game but couldn't manufacture another score, falling 2-1.
In game two, Wesley's first four hitters combined for eight hits, but the 5-9 slots in the lineup recorded a combined zero as the team lost 3-1 to Lakeland. Lindsay Siok scattered eight hits allowing just two earned runs, but the Wolverine offense just couldn't muster enough run support for the junior.
Wesley's lone run came in the top of the third inning when Burns led off with a single, moved to second on an illegal pitch, stole third, and then took home on an errant pickoff play.
The Wolverines threatened to score again in the top of the sixth with Devin Mackay leading off with a single and Hoffman following with a walk. With two on and no outs, the Wolverines failed to push any runs across as the next two batters struck out and the Wolverines were caught stealing.
Wesley falls to 5-7 on the season with the pair of losses and will return from their Spring Break trip to take on Immaculata in a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 15.