The softball team split a doubleheader against the Bridgewater College Eagles this weekend. The Maroons lost the first game 3-5 but had a landslide 10-1 victory in the second game.
Roanoke started scoring in the top of the third inning. Taylor Carter scored, on what only can be described as, a fluke. She got on base after being hit by a pitch, then she stole second base. Carter advanced to third on a passed ball. She ended up scoring an unearned run because of a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fifth, Bridgewater scored all five of their runs. Teresa Wagner has started pitching this inning for the Maroons but with one run scored and the bases loaded, she was pulled. Taylor Asimakopolis came in to pitch. The next batter hit a sac fly, and the in fielder threw it to third base for a second out on the play.
After three more hits, and three more RBI, Asimakopolis was pulled and Emily Salsberry came into pitch. Salsberry was able to end the inning on the next batter.
In the seventh inning, Roanoke started to make a comeback. With two out and Taylor Slate on first, Carter hit a single. Erin Forbes followed her with a single herself, and an RBI scoring Slate. Katie Smith had a single RBI scoring Carter to put the Maroons behind at 3-5. Unfortunately, the game ended in the next at bat when Marleigh Hall flied out.
The Maroons brought the momentum from the seventh inning into the second game of the double header. The second game ended 10-1 after only five innings because of the NCAA’s mercy rule (the game ends if a team is leading by at least eight runs after five complete innings).
In the top of the first, at the first at bat, Carter singled. She then stole second base. Forbes got on base because of an error by the second basemen, and Carter advanced to third. Forbes stole second. The first RBI came from Smith who singled to shortstop, Carter scored. Ruthie Williams grounded out, but Forbes was able to score. Finally, Smith scored off a single by Mattie Morris.
The next inning, Carter was on third base after hitting a double than advancing to third on a wild pitch. She scored when Forbes hit a single to center field.
The Eagles got their only score of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Emily Parks tripled to right field and teammate Victoria Gontarz singled, allowing her to Parks to score.
In the top of the fifth, the Maroons scored six more runs. Forbes started the inning grounding out to shortstop. Smith reached first on an error by the shortstop but was caught stealing second. Williams hit a single, then Katie Romano came in to pinch run for her. Then Morris singled and Romano advanced to second. Taylor Sutherland was walked, loading the bases.
Rachel Guilliams reached first on an error by the third baseman. Romano and Morris took advantage of this and scored. Sutherland was on third and then scored on a throwing error by the catcher, and Guilliams stole second.
Becca Wenger singled to right center and Guilliams scored. Jordan Meador got on base with a single. Both she and Wenger advanced on a wild pitch. Carter singled up the middle and both Wenger and Meador scored.
Bridgewater finally switched pitchers. The batting line up had come all the way around, and Forbes was up to bat again. She reached on a fielder’s choice, but Carter was out at second, ending the inning.
After the Eagles were unable to score in the bottom of the fifth, the game ended.
Carter lead the Maroons in the two games with four runs, four hits, and two RBI total. Forbes and Smith also had a good outing each with one run, two hits, and two RBI between both games.
The softball team is traveling this weekend to Shenandoah University for another double header. They will return home April 23 for a double header against Virginia Wesleyan College at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM at the Moyer Complex.