DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Softball team took game one but fell in game two, splitting a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader with Penn State Harrisburg on Monday afternoon.
Lindsay Siok tossed a complete game in the first contest, earning the win allowing just two earned runs on 10 hits. Nina Marcano went 3-for-4 and finished just a double shy of the cycle, ripping a two-run home run and a record-setting 18th career triple in the game. Ashley Royer also crushed a home run.
The Wolverines allowed a pair of runs in the top of the first but responded in a big way with Marcano and Royer crushing back-to-back bombs to make it 3-2. Wesley held their narrow lead until the fifth when they added an insurance run on a Royer RBI single. Wesley tacked on four more in the sixth, stringing together five hits and taking advantage of a PSU-Harrisburg error to jump out to an 8-2 lead.
In the seventh, the Nittany Lions nearly took back the game. PSU-Harrisburg used five hits and capitalized on a costly Wesley error to cut into the lead, scoring five runs to make it 8-7. With the tying run on second, the Nittany Lions appeared to have a chance at the lead when Emily Parmer crushed a ball to straight-away center field, but Lily Engel made a spectacular running catch to record the last out and preserve the win for the Wolverines.
In game two, Wesley allowed four runs (three unearned) in the first inning and never recovered falling 4-2. Breanna Hartman had three of Wesley's six hits in the game and Devin Mackay registered the team's only RBI in the game.
Two errors in the first inning led to a quartet of PSU-Harrisburg runs as they put up a 4-0 lead in the first. Lindsay Siok returned to the circle to subdue to Nittany Lions, shutting them out over 6.1 innings on the rubber.
The Wolverine offense was kept silent until the sixth inning when the squad scored two. Hartman led off the inning with a single and came around to score on an overthrow, making it 4-1. Three batters later, Devin Mackay drove in Nina Marcano on an RBI groundout to make it 4-2. Wesley had runners in scoring position, but were one hit away from tying as their inning ended with the next out. Wesley threatened again in the seventh with a pair of baserunners but couldn't come away with the clutch hit they needed to tie the game, falling 4-2.
Wesley moves to 12-12 on the season with a 5-5 mark in the CAC, eclipsing last year's win total in conference play with four more CAC contests on the schedule. The squad will take on Salisbury on Wednesday, April 13.