Cornell too much for IWC softball
The Iowa Wesleyan College softball team was overwhelmed by Cornell College in both games of a nonconference doubleheader on Wednesday at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.
The Tigers fell by scores of 6-2 and 10-1.
In game one, Cornell got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning.
IWC tied the score in the bottom of the frame, when Sam Shepard walked and was brought home on an RBI single by Andrea Bury.
The Tigers took the lead in the third inning, as Shepard walked again and this time, Mikayla Dwyer brought her home with a double.
Cornell fought back with a two-run home run in the fifth inning to take back the one-run advantage, and they never gave up the lead again. They added three more runs in the sixth inning for the final score.
Stephanie Tillman (4-5) took the game one loss on the mound. She went all seven innings, giving up nine hits and three walks. She struck out five batters. All six of Cornell’s runs were earned.
The Tigers had two errors in the field in the contest; Cornell’s defense was flawless.
In game two, IWC scored its only run in the second inning, getting a 1-0 lead early in the game.
Jillian Leutscher singled to start the Tigers off and advanced on a walk by Ashley Stube. Caitlin O’Neil singled to bring Leutscher home.
The Rams tied the score with a run in the third and took the lead for good with another in the fourth.
That’s all Cornell would need, but the Rams went on to have a big fifth inning, tacking on another six runs. They added two more in the sixth to end the game early.
Leutscher (5-6) was handed the loss on the mound. She went six innings, allowing eight hits for 10 runs (nine earned). She walked six batters and stuck out four.
IWC had six hits from six different players in the game. Dwyer and Shepard each had a double in the game.
Each team had two fielding errors in the contest.
The Tigers are now 10-14 overall on the year.
They return to action on Friday, April 11, for a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader.
IWC will take on Spalding University on the campus of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. The first pitch of game one is set for 3 p.m.
The baseball team is also scheduled to play Spalding in Jacksonville on Friday; that doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.