Softball loses close battle with No. 17 Coe, rebounds with win over Wentworth

Softball loses close battle with No. 17 Coe, rebounds with win over Wentworth

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Wesley College softball team split the second day of play of the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Game 1 – No. 17 Coe 6, Wesley 4

Wesley picked up back-to-back singles by Megan DiRubbio and Dori Loukopoulos to start the game. After a Coe error, the bases were loaded for Ashley Royer. Royer would hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate DiRubbio for Wesley's first run of the game. Two batters later, Gabriella Monzo knocked a single to right to score Loukopoulos to give Wesley the early 2-0 lead. Coe would nod the game at two in the bottom half of the first when Megan Weber hit a two-run homer.

Monzo would put Wesley back up by two in the third inning when she smacked a two-run single up the middle to score Royer and Brandi Dalious.

Coe would tie the game at four in the bottom of the third and get runs in the fourth and sixth innings to take the 6-4 win.

Gabriella Monzo, Dori Loukopoulos and Megan DiRubbio all tallied two hits in the game. Monzo drove in three runs.

Haley Jones and Megan Weber each hit a home run for Coe.

Game 2 – Wesley 3, Wentworth 2

Wesley secured their first win of the season with a 3-2 win over Wentworth.

The Wolverines wasted no time in getting their first run on the board when Karina Cardona hit a two-out RBI double to left field to score Dalious from second base.

Wesley doubled their lead to 2-0 in the third when Cardoia came around to score from third with the bases loaded with an RBI fielder's choice from Amanda Curry. Royer put Wesley up 3-0 in the fourth inning when she hit a single to right to plate Alexis Howerin with two outs.

Wentworth was able to capitalize on errors and cut the Wesley lead to 3-2 in the fifth inning, but Jessica Anderson was able to shut the door in the final 2.2 innings of the game and seal the victory.

Loukopoulos notched her first win of the season with 4.1 innings of two hit ball. She struck out four batters while only allowing a walk and two unearned runs. Anderson earned her first collegiate save with three strikeouts.

The middle of the order was able to provide the offense for Wesley with Brandi Dalious, Ashley Royer and Karina Cardona all picking up two hits apiece.

After a day off on Tuesday, Wesley will be back in action on Wednesday when they take on the King's (Pa.) Monarchs and the Wilkes Colonels. The first game against King's is scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. first pitch.