Presidents Earn Softball Sweep Of Saint Vincent
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson collected 15 hits and claimed a 12-4 victory over Saint Vincent in the opener of a Presidents’ Athletic Conference softball doubleheader at Brooks Park Saturday. The Presidents then edged the Bearcats 2-1 in eight innings during game two, completing the Senior Day sweep.
All nine W&J hitters recorded at least one hit during game one, led by senior second baseman Stephanie Zur’s (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) 3-for-3 performance. Zur also scored three runs, while junior pitcher Madison Rotto (Sarver, Pa./Freeport) tallied two hits and knocked in three.
The Presidents scored during each of the first four innings. Rotto and sophomore right fielder Chalese Wilson (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) recorded run-scoring hits during the bottom of the first and sophomore third baseman Sadie Marak (Butler, Pa./Butler) doubled to plate two in the second.
Rotto pushed two more runs across with a fourth-inning, two-base hit. Sophomore catcher Susan Lessman (Dalton, Ohio/Dalton) followed with an RBI single as W&J busted the game open with a five-run frame.
Rotto upped her record to 6-4 in the circle by striking out four in six innings. She allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits.
Emily Lauterbach took the loss for SVC after giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits in two innings of work. Sarah Swettlen led the Bearcat offense with two hits and a pair of runs scored.
The Presidents (15-9, 5-3 PAC) claimed the nightcap behind a strong pitching performance from freshman Krista McCartney (Salem, Ohio/United Local). McCartney struck out three and scattered seven hits, while giving up just one run. She went seven innings to earn her second victory.
Lessman’s sacrifice fly opened the scoring in the second, but Suzie Cool’s RBI double quickly tied the game in the fourth.
The score remained knotted until the eighth inning when Lessman’s long, fly ball to right was dropped, allowing Marek to score from first with the game-winning run.
Sophomore pitcher Bethany Shepherd (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) shut down the Bearcats in the bottom half of the inning to preserve the victory, earning her second save of the spring.
Ally Vrcek was the hard-luck loser in game two for SVC. She fired a complete game, allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits, while striking out six.
W&J (15-9, 5-3) looks to continue its winning ways on Sunday when it visits Frostburg State (1:00 pm).