Special to Franklin County Free Press
MORRISTOWN, N.J.- The Wilson College softball team traveled to the College of St. Elizabeth Tuesday for a nonconference doubleheader.
The Phoenix (16-6-2, 6-0 CSAC) split the series with the Eagles (22-8, 9-1 NEAC) with the first game going to Wilson, 8-1, and the second game going to St. Elizabeth, 9-0.
Junior Megan Potter (Hagerstown, Md., South Hagerstown) started on the mound for the Phoenix in the first game, getting out of the first inning with the scoreboard still scoreless.
The Eagles found some offense early in this game, scoring one run off one hit and two errors in the bottom of the second inning, bringing the score to 1-0 in their favor.
Wilson responded in the top of the third inning after freshman Jessica Kosheba (Marietta, Pa., Donegal) and sophomore Katey Roth (Lebanon, PA., Lebanon) reached base and junior Alison Shockey (Greencastle, Pa., Greencastle-Antrim) drove them both in on a double to left field.
With the Phoenix leading 2-1, sophomore Meghan Bradley (Warrington, PA., Central Bucks South) drove in Shockey on a single to center field that pushed the score to 3-1.
Wilson added more runs in the top of the fourth inning when sophomore Amber Rexrode (Annville, PA., Annville Cleona) hit an RBI single to right field that brought the score to 4-1. A few batters later, freshman Taylor Durant (Woodinville, Wash., Monroe) was able to knock in two runs on a RBI single to center that brought the Phoenix lead to 6-1.
In the top of the seventh, Wilson was able to tack on more runs with a single to left field by Junior Jennifer Cail (Lisle, IL, Lisle), followed by another single by Bradley.
Gabriella Newman (Hanover, Pa., South Western) stepped up next for the Phoenix as a pinch hitter and knocked in Cail on a single to the shortstop. The next batter, Kosheba, reached on a fielder’s choice that scored another run for Wilson giving the Phoenix game one with a final score of 8-1.
Inside the Box Score:
Potter earned her tenth win of the season pitching a complete game while racking up 12 strikeouts. Roth went 3-3, Bradley finished going 3-4 with one RBI, while Shockey and Rexrode both went 2-5.
Wilson finished game one scoring eight runs on 16 hits and two errors while the Eagles were able to score one run on four hits and no errors.
After a scoreless top of the first, St. Elizabeth jumped out to an early two-run lead in the bottom half of the inning. In the bottom of the second, the Eagles scored four runs on four hits and one error, putting the score 6-0 in their favor. St. Elisabeth won game two 9-0.
Inside the Box Score:
Kosheba, Cail, Bradley, and Durant all went 1-2 in the game. The Phoenix scored zero runs on four hits and two errors while their opponent scored nine runs on nine hits and one error.
Up Next: The Wilson College softball team will be back in action Thursday, April 18, when the Phoenix travel to Baltimore, MD, to take on Notre Dame of Maryland University in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) doubleheader, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Chris Brunner is Sports Information Assistant at Wilson College