GAME 1 vs. Wilkes
Myrtle Beach, SC – After several Wesley games were washed out by a storm heading across the south eastern coast on Wednesday and Thursday, the Softball team picked up where they left off, securing their seventh straight Myrtle Beach win over Wilkes 3-1 on Friday afternoon.
The first four innings saw a dominant pitching performance by Dori Loukopoulos, who allowed no runs on just one hit through the frames. She went to work on the mound in the top half of the fourth, setting down three straight Colonels.
Wesley's bats then came alive in the bottom half to score the first runs of the game. Brandi Dalious would get the offense started by lining a single to center field. After Gabriella Monzo advanced on a Wilkes error, Brooke Retkowski would drive in Dalious on a single to right. Wilkes' starting pitcher would fire a wild pitch past their catcher, allowing Monzo to score from third base. Wesley had taken a 2-0 lead by the end of the fourth.
After another 1-2-3 inning by Loukopoulos in the fifth, Dalious would fly around the bases with an RBI triple, extending the Wolverines' lead to 3-0 heading into the sixth.
Loukopoulos would look for her fourth win of the season as she got through the sixth inning unscathed. With two quick outs in the top of the seventh, Wilkes drew two straight walks putting a runner in scoring position.
Loukopoulos gave up her only earned run of the game on a Colonels RBI single. She then induced a fly out to third baseman Karina Cardona, denying Wilkes their hopes in snapping Wesley's win streak.
Dalious and Retkowski both had two hits and an RBI on the day to help Wesley achieve its seventh straight win. Loukopoulos racked up seven strikeouts on the day and allowed just one run on four hits.
GAME 2 vs. Waynesburg
The Wolverines looked sharp in South Carolina all week despite multiple rainouts from a storm coming up the eastern coast. The team acquired eight straight wins this week with their latest victory coming from a 4-2 win over Waynesburg Friday afternoon.
Bianca Newsom got the offense rolling with a lead-off double in the top of the first inning. Another double coming off the bat of Amanda Curry scored Newsom with the Wolverines taking an early 1-0 lead with no outs. After Curry advanced to third base on a steal, Gabriella Monzo bounced a roller to second, scoring Curry in exchange for the second out of the inning. A strikeout would end the frame with Wesley leading 2-0.
The Yellow Jackets scored a run in the second off of an RBI single, and the Wolverines responded with two runs of their own in the fourth. Newsom slapped a single to third base, knocking in Julianna Ceron. Curry stepped up to the plate and once again sent Newsom home with an RBI single to make the score 4-1.
Waynesburg would score on more time in the bottom of the sixth, but Jessica Anderson would get out of the inning with minimal damage done. Abbey Mayse would get her first save of the season by giving up no hits in the seventh and finishing Wesley's stellar week in Myrtle Beach with another win.
Anderson was tough to beat on the hill as she pitched six innings and gave up just two runs on five hits. She also struck out three Yellow Jackets.
Curry proved to be a thorn in Waynesburg's side all game, going 4-4 at the plate and knocking two runs in during the process. Newsom had a duo of hits as she scored two runs and had one RBI.
The team will make the trip back up north to Dover, DE to take on Stevenson on Wednesday. The double-header will take place on Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. Game one's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. while game two will start directly after at 5 p.m.