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Iowa Wesleyan softball swept by Westminster

Apr 26, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Jena Miller tags a Westminster runner during game one.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


The Iowa Wesleyan softball team had their hands full on Wednesday afternoon when they played a doubleheader against first-place Westminster College, a team that came in undefeated in the conference.

The Tigers fell 11-1 and 8-1 as the Blue Jays preserved their undefeated record.

The Tigers trailed 5-0 after three innings in game one, but did get on the board in the fourth inning. Haley Varga picked up an RBI groundout, cutting the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Westminster rebounded with three more runs in the sixth inning, however, and won by seven.

IW had just one hit in game one. Ashley Machholz went 1-3 with a run scored. Samantha McIlwain was on the mound, going all seven innings and giving up eight runs (seven earned) on 15 hits and two walks, while striking out one batter.

The Blue Jays blew the game open early in game two, scoring seven runs including a three-run homerun by Madison Wash. IW starter Julie Dodd settled down and held Westminster to just four runs after that, but the damage had been done.

The lone run for IW came on an RBI single by Machholz in the fourth inning. She finished 2-3 with an RBI. Jena Miller went 1-2 with a run scored, and Emmy Rodriguez went 2-3.

Dodd gave up 11 runs (10 earned) over four innings of work, walking two batters and striking out two. Varga also pitched one inning, shutting the Blue Jays out in the fifth.

The Tigers were coming off a split with Knox College on Tuesday. IW fell 1-0 in the first game but stormed back from a 10-4 deficit to win game two 19-12 in nine innings.

The Tigers tied the game in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Dodd. After trading runs in the eighth inning, IW exploded for nine runs in the ninth, which put the game away.

Dodd went 5-6 with an RBI. Sydni Stalker was 1-5 with four RBIs. Rodruiguez was 4-7 with two RBIs. Machholz went 3-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and Serena Almodovar and McKenzie Copher each tallied two RBIs.

McIlwain picked up the win in that game after losing the low-scoring game one.

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