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Scots fight hard, come up short in doubleheader sweep

Chloe Burdette
Contributing Writer

The Fighting Scots softball team played respectably but came up short in a pair of tightly contested North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) games against the Ohio Wesleyan (OWU) Battling Bishops. With chilly conditions putting runs at a premium, OWU won Game 1 by a 6-3 margin and capped the sweep with a win in Game 2 by the score of 5-3 in eight innings.

With the wins, OWU moved to 16-14 overall and 9-7 in the NCAC while Wooster moved to 12-24 overall, 4-10 in the NCAC.

In the opener, the Battling Bishops broke open a tight 2-1 contest with four runs in the top of the sixth and held on for a 6-3 win. Wooster was led offensively by Maddy Chase ’18 and Marina Roski ’20, who each singled twice, while Anna Blake ’18 and Torrey Totman ’21 each singled once to drive in one run and two runs, respectively.

Chase started in the circle and took the loss, going 5.1 innings and striking out two hitters. Marissa Norgrove ’21 did not give up a run, pitching the final 1.2 innings in a strong relief outing.

In the nightcap, Wooster took a short-lived 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. OWU answered with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead.

It stayed that way until Wooster tied it up in their last at-bat, sending the game into extra innings, with a run-scoring sacrifice fly from shortstop Marina Roski ’20 following three OWU errors.

However, in the eighth inning, the Battling Bishops scored two runs on three hits and held the Fighting Scots scoreless in the bottom of the inning to hold on for the win.

At the plate, Roski smacked a double and a home run along with the tying sac fly, as she recorded all three Wooster runs batted in. The homer was her eighth of the season and 10th of her career, earning her a spot in program history. Anna Blake ’18, Olivia Johnson ’21 and Rachel Ginsburg ’21 each tallied one hit apiece.

Johnson went a solid six innings in the circle, scattering six hits while striking out four. Marissa Norgrove ’21 pitched the final two frames and was saddled with the loss.

The College of Wooster Fighting Scots went to Wittenberg University and dropped a tough pair of games to the Tigers on Sunday, April 29. The Scots ended their season with a record of 12 wins and 26 losses, and with a record of 4-12 against NCAC competition.

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