Presidents' Softball Splits With Saints In Kentucky
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Freshman third baseman Sadie Marak's (Butler, Pa./Butler) sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning helped the W&J softball win game one of a PAC doubleheader 6-5 Saturday at Thomas More. The Saints (16-12, 3-3 PAC) earned the split by claiming game two by an 11-0 score in five innings.
The Presidents (9-13, 3-3 PAC) trailed 5-4 in the opening game, but rallied to win behind a RBI double from sophomore pitcher Madison Rotto (Sarver, Pa./Freeport) and Marak's sacrifice fly. The Presidents' rally thwarted TMC's momentum as the Saints were behind 4-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth before scoring twice.
Rotto was the winning pitcher after allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings. She struck out four Saints and added two hits and two RBI. Junior Erin Shuman (Chester, W.Va./Oak Glen) came on to earn the save, pitching a scoreless seventh.
Sophomore shortstop Kelsey Cunningham (McMurray, Pa./Peters Twp.) led the W&J lineup with three hits and two runs. She led off the game with a solo home run.
Game two was dominated by the Saints as they scored seven times in the first before adding four runs in the third. Thomas More collected 13 hits, while holding the Presidents to five base hits. Junior second baseman Stephanie Zur (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) had three of W&J's hits.
W&J continues conference play on Tuesday when hosting Grove City at Brooks Park for a 3:30 pm doubleheader.