Lyons claim first win of the 2013 season
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Wheaton College softball team split a pair of non-conference games against Marietta College and Lakeland College on day two of its spring break trip to Kissimmee, Florida on Sunday afternoon in the Rebel Spring Games. The Lyons lost to the Pioneers, 2-0, in game one and posted a 9-0 victory (five innings) versus the Muskies in game two.
Marietta 2, Wheaton 0
Sophomore pitcher Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) took the loss on seven innings, three hits, two runs (both unearned), two walks and two strikeouts.
Marietta freshman Trinity Schlabach (Wooster, Ohio/Waynedale) earned the win completing five shutout innings while yielding three hits and two free passes. Sophomore Courtney Kerwood (Dresden, Ohio/Tri-Valley) notched her second save of the season over two innings pitched, zero hits and three walks.
In the second inning, the Pioneers took advantage of a fielding error with the bases loaded for a 1-0 lead. Wheaton limited Marietta to just one run in the frame as Berardi induced a groundball for a force out at home and also got sophomore Sarah Mayo (Proctorville, Ohio/Chesapeake) to line out to Megan Roy (North Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) at first base to end the scoring threat.
Wheaton's best chance to score in the contest occurred in the fourth with a two-out bases loaded situation. Schlabach escaped the jam with an inning ending groundout back to Mayo at third base.
The Pioneers (3-1) added another run in the fifth on two hits and one error.
Lyons senior shortstop Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) went 2-for-3 with two singles and one walk from the leadoff spot in the lineup.
Wheaton 9, Lakeland 0 (five innings)
Junior Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) improved to 1-1 overall on the season striking out a season-high nine batters. In five innings pitched, Baker gave up five hits (four singles) and issued one walk.
Senior Erin Hank (Hoopeston, Ill./Hoopeston) fell to 0-2 overall on the year for Lakeland (1-3) allowing nine runs (all earned) on 11 hits and three walks.
In the first, Wheaton jumped out to a 5-0 differential on three hits, one error and one runner left on base. Freshman second baseman Erin Deneen (Framingham, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) highlighted the frame with a two-run single to center field. Junior third baseman Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) added a sacrifice fly to right field and sophomore Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) plated a run with an RBI base knock to center.
The Lyons tacked on four more runs in the fifth to reach the mercy rule on four runs, four hits and one runner left on base. Brillon had an RBI single, freshman left fielder Sara Morrow (Woodstock, Conn./Marianoplis Prep) ripped a two-run double to right-center field and Rocha capped the scoring with a run-producing infield single.
Baker recorded at least one punchout in every inning, compiled three strikeouts looking and struck out the side once in the third.
Wheaton (1-3, 0-0 NEWMAC) faces Sage Colleges and Fitchburg State University tomorrow in a doubleheader with game one scheduled for 9:00 a.m.