By: Jared Wilcox
DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College softball team kicked off their 2018 with a doubleheader split against the Swarthmore Garnet on Saturday at DuPont Field.
In the first game, Wesley took down Swarthmore 4-3.
Trailing by one in the first, the Wolverines would answer back in the bottom half of the first with two runs of their own when Ashley Royer and Dori Loukopoulos sent runners home on back-to-back RBI singles.
Swarthmore regained a one-run lead with a two-run third inning to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
Karina Cardona would score the eventual winning run in the sixth inning when she came across on an error by the Swarthmore pitcher.
Royer and DiRubbio both went 2-4 with a run batted in and a run scored for the Wolverines. Dori Loukopoulos earned her first collegiate win in a complete-game effort on the mound.
In game two, Swarthmore took the early lead and never gave it up to take the 8-4 win over Wesley.
Heading into the third down by three, Brandi Dalious got things going for the Wolverines when she cracked her first home run in a Wolverine uniform with a shot to center field. Swarthmore got the run back in the fourth inning.
The Wolverines put up two runs in the fifth inning to cut the Swarthmore lead to 4-3. Dalious came around to score when a Lauren Hoffman flyball to the outfield was dropped by the left fielder. After Hoffman stole second, Retkowski drove her home with a single up the middle.
Swarthmore would push their lead to four with a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh inning. Wesley wouldn't go away quietly in the bottom of the seventh. After a leadoff single by Royer, Hoffman would knock her in with a single to center field.
Hoffman, Dalious and Royer all had a multi-hit game in the loss. Dalious came across to score twice, including her home run in the third inning.
The Wolverines (1-1) will be back in action tomorrow when they host the Gallaudet Bison. First pitch of the doubleheader at DuPont Field is scheduled for 11 a.m.