DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College softball team battled in a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) doubleheader with the Mary Washington Eagles on Thursday.
Wesley took Mary Washington to extra innings but the Eagles eeked out a 1-0 win in nine innings over the Wolverines in the opener.
Abbey Mayse got the call in game one and pitched all nine innings. She scattered nine hits while striking out two batters and only allowing two hits and a walk. The lone run Mayse gave up was a sacrifice fly in the ninth by Danielle Sawyer that plated Malia Rogers from third base.
Mary Washington's Kara Deppe struck out 15 batters in nine innings for the Eagles.
Wesley rallied the bats in the game two to force a 5-5 tie to the Mary Washington. The game was called after five innings due to darkness.
After picking up only four hits in the first game, Wesley's bats came alive in the second game to the tune of 12 hits in five innings.
Mary Washington had the early 3-0 lead after two and a half innings before Kelly Palmer scored Wesley's first run in the third inning. Palmer stole home after DiRubbio baited the Mary Washington catcher to throw to second base.
After Mary Washington got the run back in the top of the fourth, Wesley tied the game at four in the bottom of the fourth. Wesley loaded the bases with back-to-back-back singles to start the inning, Bianca Newsom allowed Ashley Royer to score on a bunt to the pitcher. DiRubbio followed with a two-run single to left field that brought Amanda Curry and Karina Cardona around to score.
Mary Washington grabbed the 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth before Wesley tied the game at five in the bottom half of the fifth after an RBI single to left field to plate Royer from third.
DiRubbio, Cardona and Curry all collected a pair of hits in the nightcap.
Loukopoulos struck out five and only gave up four hits, three walks and two earned runs.
The Wolverines (10-9-2, 0-3-1 CAC) will be back in action on Sunday when they travel south to Salisbury to take on the Sea Gulls. The doubleheader is set for a 1 p.m. start.