DOVER, Del. – Nina Marcano went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs, four runs scored and four stolen bases to lead the Wesley College softball team to a sweep of Division II Lincoln (Pa.) on Tuesday afternoon. With the two victories in their home opener, the Wolverines now stand at 10-1 on the season while the Lions fall to 0-6.
A sophomore from Townsend, Del., Marcano went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and three steals in the opener, a 13-2 thrashing in five innings. Marcano followed up with three more hits, including a double, in the nightcap which Wesley took 11-3 in six frames.
The Wolverines started the onslaught in the very first inning of game one, tallying eight runs on nine hits while sending 14 batters to the plate. Steph Caracozza, the reigning Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week, singled to start the game and stole second which was followed by Lauren Hoffman being plunked and a free pass issued to Sarah Saunders. A wild pitch allowed Caracozza to score and Marcano singled through the left side to score Saunders. Marcano then stole second and third before Tiarra Maddox drove her in with a single down the line in left.
With one out, Morgan Seymour reached on an infield single before Breanna Hartman singled her home with a shot to left. A bunt single by Caracozza along with a throwing error scored both Seymour and Hartman and Caracozza finished the scoring for the inning on Marcano's second RBI single of the inning.
In the circle, Lindsay Siok cruised through the Lions lineup recording five strikeouts in the first two innings before Lincoln scored twice in the third. Siok picked up her fourth win of the season, allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out a career-high nine.
The Wolverines got one of those runs back in its half of the inning with an RBI single by Maddox to score Maraco, who had walked and stole second just prior.
Marcano recorded her third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Destiny Davis. Davis replaced Hartman as a pinch runner and stole both second and third. Additional runs were scored by Lily Engel on a wild pitch along with a two-run single by Seymour.
The nightcap started just like the first, but Wesley managed just five runs in the first inning on RBIs y Marcano, Siok and Devin Mackay. A pair of wild pitches scored two other Wolverines.
Wesley added four more runs in the third without recording a base hit before Lincoln scored one in the fourth and two more in the fifth off Engel. Engel improved to 6-0 on the year allowing just three runs on five hits while striking out six.
With a 9-3 lead and darkness quickly approaching, the Wolverines finished the game off with two runs in the sixth on back-to-back RBIs by Siok and Seymour.
On Saturday, March 21, Briarcliffe (N.Y.) comes to town for a 12 pm doubleheader.