Presidents and Bison Split First PAC Softball Twinbill
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Senior second baseman Stephanie Zur’s (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning helped Washington & Jefferson split a Presidents’ Athletic Conference softball doubleheader with Bethany on Saturday at Brooks Park.
W&J (11-6, 1-1 PAC) earned a come-from-behind 6-5 win in eight innings during game one, but a dominating pitching performance by Kiersten Conwell fueled Bethany’s 7-0 triumph in the nightcap.
The Presidents trailed 5-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning of game one, but rallied with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to force extra innings. Junior Madison Rotto (Sarver, Pa./Freeport) and sophomore Susan Lessman (Dalton, Ohio/Dalton) knocked in the runs in the sixth, while freshman pitcher Emily Watson’s (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley) two-out, two-run single tied the game in the seventh.
Zur then lifted a two-out, opposite-field single to score sophomore right fielder Chalese Wilson (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) with the game-winning run in the eighth.
Freshman Krista McCartney (Salem, Ohio/United Local) earned the pitching win for W&J after tossing a scoreless eighth. Watson allowed two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out four in the first seven innings. Zur had three hits and two RBI, while Rotto went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double.
Conwell suffered the loss in relief for the Bison, while Maria Vallone homered and drove in three to lead the BC offense.
Conwell did not allow a base hit until Wilson’s bloop double in the fifth in game two. The Bison scored three times in the first inning and were never threatened. Conwell struck out four and walked two in the three-hit shutout.
Rotto only recorded one out as the Presidents’ starting pitcher and was dealt with the loss. She allowed three runs on two hits and walked three. McCartney finished the final 5 2/3 innings and gave up three earned runs on seven hits (two strikeouts).
Washington & Jefferson continues conference play Wednesday at Westminster (3:30 pm).