Presidents Ride Offense Past Chatham
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College scored 18 runs, collected 25 hits and cruised to a PAC softball sweep of Chatham Wednesday at Brooks Park. W&J rolled to a 10-2 triumph in game one and blanked the Cougars 8-0 in the nightcap. Both games lasted only five innings.
Junior pitcher Madison Rotto (Sarver, Pa./Freeport) led the Presidents at the plate during the opener, driving in four runs, while scoring three. She also earned her seventh victory in the circle after tossing a complete game. Rotto struck out six and allowed two earned runs on five hits.
All nine W&J starters recorded at least one hit and five players turned in multi-hit efforts.
The Presidents trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning, but Rotto blasted a two-run home run to left to put W&J in front.
Senior center fielder D.J. Ufolla (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry) added to the lead with a bases-loaded double that plated two and sophomore right fielder Chalese Wilson (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) followed with an RBI single in the fourth.
Wilson went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored once, while sophomore third baseman Sadie Marak (Butler, Pa./Butler) and freshman outfielder Morgan Figura (Carnegie, Pa./Chartiers Valley) both collected two hits and one RBI.
Marak started a five-run first inning during game two with a two-run homer to left. Ufolla, Wilson and sophomore left fielder Breanna Gleason (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) all added run-scoring hits during the frame. Marak drove in two more runs with a base hit through the left side to extend the Presidents’ advantage in the fourth.
Gleason and Marak both recorded a pair of hits and scored once, while senior second baseman Stephanie Zur (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) turned in her second two-hit performance of the day during game two.
Freshman Krista McCartney (Salem, Ohio/United Local) upped her record to 3-2 by firing her first collegiate shutout. She fanned four and surrendered just two hits.
Natalie Vazquez paced the Cougars (7-23, 3-9) with three hits in five at-bats.
W&J (18-10, 7-3) looks to extend its three-game winning streak on Thursday when it hosts Grove City at 3:30 pm.