DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's softball team swept Immaculata University on Tuesday afternoon, blanking the Mighty Macs, 8-0 in game one before rallying for a thrilling, 10-8 victory in the nightcap at DuPont Softball Field. The Wolverines have now won a program-record 11-straight games and own a 16-1 mark. Immaculata falls to 0-8 on the season.
Sarah Saunders drove in half of Wesley's runs in the opener, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. Morgan Seymour also drove in two in game two, collecting hits in both of her at bats while also drawing a walk. Samantha Mahoski and Steph Caracozza drove in the other runs while Wesley benefitted from seven walks.
In the circle, Lindsay Siok (7-1), the reigning Capital Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, was equally impressive, tossing three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit. Destiny Davis threw the final two frames and struck out two without allowing a hit.
After a scoreless first inning in game one, Wesley tagged Immaculata for five runs in the second. Lauren Hoffman led off the inning with a double but she was retired as Tiarra Maddox reached on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Mahoski singled up the middle to advance Maddox to second. Breanna Hartman then walked to load the bases and Caracozza drew a free pass to drive in the first run.
Seymour then singled up the middle, scoring both Mahoski and Hartman and Saunders followed with an opposite field triple to score both Caracozza and Seymour.
In the fourth inning, Saunders drove in both Hartman and Seymour with a double down the right field line and Mahoski's based-loaded walk in the fifth drove in the eighth run, sealing the victory.
Game two was a much different story, but ended with a similar result. As Wesley shutout Immaculata in the opener, extending their scoreless innings streak to an impressive 34 innings, the Mighty Macs scored three runs in both the first and second innings to take a 6-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Lily Engel settled down, holding Immaculata scoreless in the third and the Wolverines helped her out, getting two runs in their half of the inning on an RBI double by Hartman which scored Kayla Fromal, followed by another RBI by Caracozza.
Immaculata got both of those runs back in the top of the fourth to retake an 8-2 lead but it was all Wesley from there.
The Wolverines managed to tie the score with six runs on eight hits while batting around in the fourth. Fromal started the rally with a solo blast that went deep over the fence in left field, just the second home run by Wesley this season. Mahoski and Hartman then delivered with back-to-back singles and Caracozza doubled to center field, scoring Mahoski. Seymour then plated Hartman with a single up the middle, cutting the deficit to just three runs.
With only Seymour aboard, Saunders once again went opposite field for a single which prompted a two-run opposite field triple by Nina Marcano. Marcano then scored on Hoffman's single to right center, tying the score at eight.
Head Coach Juli Greep made a pitching change in the fifth as Davis took the circle in place of Engel and the freshman from Salisbury, Md., threw three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and striking out two.
In the sixth inning with the game still tied at eight, Wesley continued its hot hitting and took its first lead of the game with two more runs. Seymour and Saunders started the frame with back-to-back singles and Saunders advanced into scoring position as Immaculata attempted to throw out Seymour at third. Marcano then reached on a bunt fielder's choice which loaded the bases. Hoffman then drove in what would be the game-winning run with a single and Devin Mackay added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Davis then completed the seventh in 1-2-3 order to preserve the win and earning her first career victory.
Wesley will have to make a quick turnaround as it opens CAC play at No. 2 Salisbury on Wednesday, March 25 in a 3 pm doubleheader.