Wesleyan softball splits with Wildcats
The Iowa Wesleyan College softball team remains at .500 (10-10) after splitting a pair of games against Culver-Stockton College at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex on Wednesday.
IWC fell in game one, 6-1, as the Wildcats’ power hitting was too much for the Tigers to overcome. However, they came back to get an 8-4 win in game two, moving Head Coach Mike Hampton just one game away from 1,200 career coaching wins.
The Wildcats used two big innings in game one to get the win, as they scored two in the second inning and added four more runs in the third off of Ayla Serrano.
Serrano allowed six runs on seven hits as she was handed the loss by the Wildcats. She struck out eight Wildcats’ batters.
The Tigers’ lone run in game one came in the bottom of the seventh as Kristine Becks singled to knock in Ashley Stube from second.
Game two was a different story for the Tigers as the bats caught fire early in the game. The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and never let go.
The Wildcats did their best to claw back into the game, scoring one in the top of the second. The Tigers roared back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, and both teams then scored three runs in the third.
The pitching heated up on both sides in the final few innings and shut down the hot bats, giving the Tigers the 8-4 win.
Serrano and Tory Beaver each homered for the Tigers in the win. Serrano had a two-run shot in the first inning to give the Tigers the initial lead.
She went 2-for-4 from the plate in the win.
Beaver knocked a three-run shot out of the park in the third inning to give the Tigers some insurance runs.
Beaver was 2-for-4 in the nightcap with four RBIs.
Sonja Holmes picked up the win from the mound. Holmes allowed just six hits in seven innings as she went the distance for the win. Holmes struck out four, including the last three Wildcats to end the game.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 10, as the head to the Grinnell College Tourney.
Live video and stats of the tournament games can be found online, courtesy of Grinnell College. To view the video, go to: http://pioneers.grinnell.edu/sports/2013/4/3/SB_0403131559.aspx.