DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Softball team earned a critical win over Capital Athletic Conference opponent York College in their first game on Sunday, splitting a doubleheader with the Spartans. Wesley earned a 3-2 win in game one but dropped game two 8-0 in five innings.
In pre-game ceremonies, Wesley honored their graduating seniors Breanna Hartman, Morgan Seymour, and Kayla Fromal, but it was the Wolverines' junior class that earned them the game one victory. Lindsay Siok tossed seven innings for the complete-game victory while Nina Marcano went 3-for-3 from the plate and drove in all three Wesley runs.
Game two didn't go the Wolverines' way as York jumped out to an early lead and continued to build on it throughout the contest.
The Wolverines began game one in a 1-0 hole as York got on the scoreboard in the top of the first. The Spartans got a one-out triple and drove home the runner a batter later to get on the board.
Wesley responded quickly, plating two runs in the bottom of the frame. Hartman reached on an infield single and Ashley Royer drew a walk putting two on for Nina Marcano. The junior ripped a pitch to the left-center gap to drive home both runners before pulling up at third for the triple. The three-bagger was her third of the season and the 17th in her career, tying Wesley's all-time program record and extending her CAC record for career triples.
Siok held the Wolverines' slim lead with a little help from the defense. The pitcher worked herself out of a two-on, no-out jam in the fourth inning but needed to rely on her defense in the fifth. With two down and the tying run on, Joanna Marmo launched a deep shot to center field, but Lily Engel reached up and snagged at the fence to keep it in the ballpark and maintain the Wesley lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Wesley plated an insurance run on a Marcano RBI single that drove in Kayla Fromal to make it 3-1. Siok allowed one run on two hits in the top of the sixth, but settled in from there retiring six of the seven final batters that she faced to get the 3-2 win.
In game two, the Wolverines could not scratch a run across as York sophomore Courtney Martin scattered five hits. Samantha Burns, Marcano, Megan DiRubbio, Lauren Hoffman, and Morgan Seymour each registered hits in the game for Wesley. Sydney Botsch, Siok, and Engel each took a turn on the mound but couldn't neutralize the Spartan offense as they scored eight runs in five innings for the 8-0 victory.
With the split, Wesley moves to 11-11 on the season and keeps pace in the CAC standings with a 4-4 mark. The squad will look to improve their chance at a playoff berth with a pair of games against PSU-Harrisburg on Monday afternoon.