W&J Softball Sweeps Pitt-Greensburg In Home Openers
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Junior second baseman Stephanie Zur (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) had five hits and scored four runs during Washington & Jefferson’s non-conference softball sweep of Pitt-Greensburg on Tuesday at Brooks Park.
The Presidents (6-10), who swept the Bobcats (4-8) for a second-straight year, took game one by a 6-4 margin before earning an 8-5 win in the nightcap.
Sophomore pitcher Madison Rotto (Sarver, Pa./Freeport) struck out a career-high 10 batters in the opening contest. She pitched all seven innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits. She also produced two base hits and knocked in a pair of runs.
W&J took control of the opening game with five runs in the third inning. Rotto doubled home a run, while junior center fielder D.J. Ufolla (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry) added a run-scoring single.
Zur and Ufolla both had two hits in game one. Marley Lafferty took the loss on the mound for UPG after allowing three earned runs on eight hits. She struck out six Presidents.
Ufolla led off the second inning of game two with her first career home run for a 2-1 lead. Pitt-Greensburg responded with single runs in the second and third before W&J rallied with three runs in the fifth. Freshman first baseman Paige Deley (Coraopolis, Pa./Montour) had the key hit with a two-run double.
The Bobcats tied the game with two runs in the top of the sixth, but W&J answered with three more runs in the bottom half. Zur singled in the eventual game-winning run and then scored on a Deley double. Junior Erin Shuman (Chester, W. Va./Oak Glen) worked the final inning to collect the save.
Deley had two doubles and three RBI in game two, while Zur notched three base hits and scored three times. Freshmen third baseman Sadie Marak (Butler, Pa./Butler) and catcher Susan Lessman (Dalton, Ohio/Dalton) both added two hits. Freshman Bethany Shepherd (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) allowed five runs on five hits (three K’s) in six innings to earn the win on the mound.
W&J opens conference play in West Virginia Saturday when taking on Bethany at 1:00 pm.