Presidents Sweep Saints With 25-Hit Attack
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson banged out 25 hits, including five by junior shortstop Kelsey Cunningham (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township), during its PAC softball doubleheader sweep of Thomas More on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Park. W&J earned the game one victory 8-5 before collecting a 10-5 triumph in the second contest.
The Presidents (13-9, 3-3 PAC), who swept the Saints (13-13, 3-3 PAC) for the first time since 2009, also received a strong pitching performance from Bethany Shepherd (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest). Shepherd, who grew up close to the TMC campus, earned the save in game one and the win in the nightcap.
Thomas More grabbed an early 2-0 lead in game one on Mamee Salzer’s two-run homer, but after scoring once in the first, W&J produced four runs in the second. Cunningham clubbed a RBI double, while senior second baseman Stephanie Zur (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) and sophomores third baseman Sadie Marak (Butler, Pa./Butler) and right fielder Chalese Wilson (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) all recorded run-scoring singles.
The Saints tied the game 5-5 in the top of the third, but W&J took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth, both of which touched home plate because of freshman pitcher Emily Watson’s (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley) two-out, opposite-field double. Wilson added a RBI single in the fifth for the final margin.
Shepherd allowed one hit in the final three innings and struck out a pair to secure Watson’s victory. Watson gave up five runs on four hits (1 K, 2 BB) and had three RBI at the plate. Zur scored three times and went 3-for-4, while Wilson was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in.
Five runs in the second inning and one each in the third and fourth pushed W&J’s lead to 7-0 midway through game two. Thomas More rallied with four runs in the fourth, but Shepherd came on to close the door in relief and earned the win. Marak and senior center fielder D.J. Ufolla (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry) smacked home runs during the final two innings to provide insurance runs.
Ufolla, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, had three hits and scored three times, while Cunningham went 3-for-4 and knocked in one run. Eight different Presidents notched at least one hit, including sophomore left fielder Breanna Gleason’s (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) 2-for-4 effort with two RBI. Shepherd hurled the final 3 2/3 innings and limited the Saints to one run on two hits, while striking out a pair.
The Presidents, who had nine extra-base hits in the doubleheader (seven in game two), return to action Thursday at Grove City (3:30 pm).