KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Wheaton College softball team opened the 2016 campaign at The Rebels Games hosted in Kissimmee, Fla. at the Osceola County Softball Complex on Saturday. The Lyons dropped game one, 8-0, against Rowan University and fell, 4-3, in game two against Muskingum University.
Rowan 8, Wheaton 0 (Game One, Five Inn.)
The Lyons (0-2) couldn't get a run on the board as Rowan began scoring runs early that continued throughout the game. The lone hit of the game for Wheaton came from first-year Emily Schlapak who found an opening in left field with two outs during the fifth inning. That wouldn't be enough momentum for the Lyons as they were shut out.
Sophomore pitcher Allison Cox received the loss with her three innings pitched, claiming one strike out.
Muskingum 4 , Wheaton 3 (Game Two)
The Lyons began to turn momentum around in game two when they were first on the board against Muskingum with two runs in the second inning. Senior Marissa Timoteo led the inning with a double to left field. Junior Katelyn Andrade followed her with a single to second base to keep things going.
Junior Rebecca Seifert tallied the first RBI of the season for Wheaton when she hit a sac fly to center field to knock in Timoteo.
Muskingum responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the second inning to tie the game, but it was junior Caroline Fairbanks who came up big for Wheaton at the top of the third when she slammed a home run over the center field fence to claim the lead.
It would be two home runs by Muskingum that would put them back ahead and claim the win, 4-3.
Wheaton competes again on Sunday in another Rebel Games double-header as they battle SKidmore at 1:30 p.m. and Cortland State at 3:45 p.m.