CLERMONT, Fla. – The Wheaton College softball team tallied a 8-0 loss against the Ithaca College Bombers and a 8-7 win against the Fairleigh Dickinson University Devils on Wednesday in Clermont, Fla. at the National Training Center.
Wheaton advances to 4-4 overall on the season.
Ithaca 8, Wheaton 0 (Game One, 6 innings)
Ithaca (5-3) got on the board first after scoring in the second inning on an RBI-single to right field.
Junior Mary DeMoura tried to get things going for the Lyons with a single to left at the top of the third, advancing senior Madeline Hatch to second. But it wouldn't be enough as they Bombers stopped Wheaton from scoring.
Ithaca pushed up the score in the fourth when they collected four runs off of two singles and a double. The Bombers sealed the win in the sixth inning when they scored their eighth and last needed run in the sixth a double and walk.
Wheaton 8, Fairleigh Dickinson 7 (Game Two)
The Lyons tallied runs first in the third inning when junior Morgan Walsh knocked in Hatch and junior Jessica Cochrane. The Devils (4-2) responded with two runs of their own at the bottom half when they dished out a well-placed single to right field.
Fairleigh Dickinson went on to take the lead in the fourth when they advanced around the bases from a fielder's choice and sacrifice fly.
But it was the top of the sixth that did it for Wheaton where the team scored six different runs. It started with a double up the middle from Hatch who brought in senior Marissa Timoteo and senior Sara Morrow. DeMoura followed her with a hard single to shortstop that pushed in junior Rebecca Seifert. The inning concluded with an unearned run forced by Morrow who scored in senior Emma Hart.
The Devils made one final attempt to tie the game at the bottom of the seventh, but were shut down by the Lyons who held them to a 8-7 final. First-year pitcher Shelbi Wilson got the win for Wheaton.
The Lyons battles Hamilton College at 9 a.m. and Dickinson College at 11:15 a.m. in the final day of competition at The Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla.