Wolverines Slip in Extras against Arcadia

Wolverines Slip in Extras against Arcadia

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Softball team saw its regular season come to a heartbreaking end on Sunday afternoon when the team fell to Arcadia University in a pair of games, dropping the first contest 6-3 in 10 innings and falling 3-0 in game two.

Nina Marcano went 3-for-5 with a double in game one while Sam Burns recorded a pair of hits. Lindsay Siok went the distance, throwing all 10 innings for the Wolverines. The pitcher allowed three earned runs and fanned a pair of Knights. 

Wesley took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Burns led off with a walk and moved to third on a Marcano double over the right fielder's head. Burns scored during the next at-bat, coming home on a wild pitch to give Wesley the lead. 

Siok shut down the Knights' bats through six innings, but allowed one run in the seventh forcing the game to extras. Wesley nearly walked off with a win in the bottom of the frame after a leadoff double by Devin Mackay, but couldn't manufacture the winning run.

After Arcadia scored in the eight, Wesley answered with a run in the bottom of the frame. Megan DiRubbio started on second base due to the international tiebreaker rules, and stole third. Three batters later DiRubbio swiped home on a wild pitch to tie the game. 

In the ninth the Knights scored again, but Wesley answered the call once again tying the game at 3-3. Mackay sacrificed Kayla Fromal to third before Morgan Seymour laid down a bunt that allowed Fromal to score. The throw from the pitcher sailed over the catcher allowing Fromal to score the tying run.

In the tenth, the Arcadia offense finally got to Siok scoring three runs on three hits to take a 6-3 lead. The Wolverines were unable to rally back in the bottom of the frame, giving Arcadia the game one win.

In game two, Burns, Ashley Royer, Megan DiRubbio and Breanna Hartman each recorded a hit, but the Wolverines could not string together enough offense to produce any runs. Sydney Botsch tossed five innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits and Destiny Davis closed out the game with a pair of scoreless innings in relief.

The Knights scored three runs all in the second inning, stringing together a walk, a hit by pitch, and three hits to produce the offense. Other than that, Botsch and Davis combined to keep the Knights' bats in check the rest of the game. 

The Wesley offense couldn't get their timing right against Arcadia soft-tosser Sarah Gunia as the pitcher tossed seven shutout innings allowing just four Wolverine hits. Wesley's best chance to score came in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back singles from Hartman and Burns put two on and Ashley Royer walked to load the bases, but the Navy and White could not get the one clutch hit to score.

Wesley finishes their regular season with a 12-20 record. The team will graduate seniors Kayla Fromal, Morgan Seymour and Breanna Hartman, but return a large nucleus of talent to their roster next season.