DOVER, DE – The Wesley College women's softball team fell to Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon, 5-2 and 10-8, in the two teams' first conference matches of the season. The Wolverine's now stand at 9-5, 0-2 in the CAC, while the Eagles advance to 7-4, 2-0 in Conference action.
The first game of the day was a defensive battle. Only one hit was had by either team in the opening four innings. Mary Washington caught a break in the top of the fifth when Brittany Sci drove in the first run of the game when she hit a triple. The Eagles would score another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth before Wesley would find a way to make it on the board.
Sarah Saunders grabbed a single off of Hannah Otterman of Mary Washington to end her no-hitter. A single by Ashly Bendorovich was enough to bring Devin Mackay and Saunders cross home. Unfortunately, those two runs would be all Wesley would get from Otterman.
Lindsay Siok would take the loss for Wesley, allowing two hits and one earned run while Otterman took the win.
The Wolverines were not please losing their first game at DuPont field and they decided to get their bats going in the second game. Siok and Bendorovich crossed the plate off of a single by Brook Creighton. Morgan Seymour would bat in two more. Nina Marcano found her spark with her second at bat of the inning. She went to the plate with the bases loaded and cleared them with a double.
With a strong seven run lead in place, the Wesley pitchers did their best to keep the Eagles off balance with Mackay starting the game, Siok and Saunders coming in as relief and Lily Engel taking the mound to close. This worked for a bit but Mary Washington's offensive force was too much to keep the Wolverines on top.
The Eagles chipped away with a run in the third and the fourth. Mary Washington would hit their stride in the top of the seventh with three hits bring in five runs.
Mary Washington opened the International Tiebreaker with Lindsey Aylor starting on second base. Back to back doubles by the Eagles would have three runners cross the plate to take them ahead 10-7.
Marcano started the bottom of the eighth on second and made it home on a ground out by Bendorovich. Samantha Mahoski took a pitch to her arm and was given first base but her team could not light up another rally to end the game.
Engel took the loss for the Wolverines while Rachel Watts took the win for the Eagles.
The Wolverines return to the field at Cabrini for a 3:00PM start on Tuesday, March 25.