Softball sweeps doubleheader with Lycoming, Gettysburg

Softball sweeps doubleheader with Lycoming, Gettysburg

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Wesley College softball team swept the second day of competition on Tuesday at the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

A five-run sixth inning propelled Wesley over the Lycoming Warriors, 7-2.

Amanda Curry put Wesley on the board first in the second inning when she hit a two-run, two out double to right field that scored Brooke Retkowski and Karina Cardona from scoring position. Lycoming tied the game at two with runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Wesley broke the tie when all nine batters came around in the sixth and plated five runs, all with two outs in the inning. Megan DiRubbio got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Retkowski from third base. Ashley Royer then smacked a two-run single to left field that scored Curry and Bianca Newsom. DiRubbio came around to score on a wild pitch. Brandi Dalious finished the scoring with a single down the left field line that plated Royer.

Amanda Curry paced the offense going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, a double and a run scored. Megan DiRubbio, Ashley Royer, Karina Cardona and Miranda Kinney all netted a hit and scored a run in the win.

Dori Loukopoulos earned the win in relief for Juli Neel. Loukopoulos struck out two batters and only allowed a hit, a walk and an unearned run in three innings of work. In her first career start, Neel retired four batters via strikes and allowed four hits, three walks and an unearned run.

In the second game, Wesley pulled out a 6-5 win over Gettysburg to complete a sweep.

Gettysburg opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning before Wesley got two runs across in the top of the third inning when Royer and Newsom scored when Dalious reached on an error by the Gettysburg shortstop.

After Gettysburg tied the game in the fourth, Wesley took a two-run lead when Royer singled to center field in the fifth that scored Curry. Then, Curry plated Retkowski in the sixth on an RBI single to center to allow Wesley to take a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning.

A Rachel Julie home run in the sixth cut into the Wesley lead to 4-3 but Wesley tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh when Loukopoulos doubled to right field that scored Royer and Lauren Hoffman.

Gettysburg got to Loukopoulos in the seventh to make it a one-run game in the seventh after a two-run single by Rachel Julie. Abbey Mayse entered the game in the seventh and retired the final two batters of the game to seal the doubleheader sweep for the Wolverines.

Ashley Royer recorded four hits in four trips to the plate to lead Wesley in the second game. Royer scored twice and drove in a run. Amanda Curry again notched three hits with a run scored and an RBI.

Dori Loukopoulos picked up the win in the second game and helped her own cause at the plate, driving in two runs. Abbey Mayse collected her second save of the season, recording the final two outs of the game.

The Wolverines (6-2) will be back in action tomorrow when they take on the St. Scholastica Saints and the Albertus Magnus Falcons. The first game with St. Scholastica starts at 9:30 a.m. while the game with Albertus Magnus is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. first pitch.