KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Sophomore Vanessa Campbell (Manchester, N.H./New Hampton School) stroked a two-run double in the fourth and classmate Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton Rehoboth Regional) scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the sixth to give the Wheaton College softball team their first win of the season, a 5-4 triumph over Otterbein University in non-conference action Tuesday morning at the Rebel Spring Games.
Sophomore Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Lyons (1-4), who also received a strong pitching performance from sophomore Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional). Wheaton's No. 1 starter scattered eight hits over seven innings and did not allow an earned run while striking out four.
The Cardinals opened the scoring in the bottom of the first on an RBI single off the bat of junior Erin Carpenter (Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain). Campbell's two-out double in the second plated Brillon and junior Amanda Drury (Tolland, Conn./Tolland) and put Wheaton in front 2-1. The Cardinals answered with three unearned runs in the third to regain the lead at 3-2.
In the fourth, junior Alanna Monahan (Dorchester, Mass./Southfield School) delivered a bases-loaded RBI single that brought in Brillon from third. On the play, Drury came around to score from second on a fielding error by the Otterbein CF to tie the game at four.
Wheaton manufactured the game-winning run in the sixth. Rocha sparked the rally with a leadoff double down the right field line. After a sac bunt by freshman Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) pushed Rocha to third, she scored on a wild pitch by sophomore Chelsea Burns (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville).
Senior Natalie Zwicker (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) pitched the first four innings for Otterbein and allowed seven hits and four runs (three earned) with four strikeouts. Burns suffered the loss, allowing two hits and one run with two walks and two strikeouts in 1.2 IP.
The Lyons were slated to face Skidmore at 11 a.m. Otterbein will face Daniel Webster at 11 a.m.