NEW CASTLE, Del. - - A pair of four-run innings decided both games of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader at Asbury Field on Saturday, with Dominican winning the opener, 4-1, before the Wilmington University softball team came back to earn the split with a 4-0 victory in the nightcap.
Dominican (10-9, 3-1 CACC) scored all four runs in its 4-1 victory in the third inning while the Wildcats (14-13, 2-6 CACC) came out and scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to carry them to the 4-0 victory in the nightcap.
The Wildcats scored first in the opener, getting a two-out hit by pitch to come around and score. With Becca Stanley on second base, Meghan Brown doubled over the head of the centerfielder to easily allow Stanley to score for the 1-0 lead.
But the Chargers retaliated with a four-run third inning, all starting with a one-out rally. A single and a double put runners on second and third before the Chargers tied the game on a fielding error. The visitors than picked up an RBI single to move ahead, 2-1, before a two-run, two-out double to center field extended the lead out to 4-1.
The Wildcats tried to make a comeback in the late innings, putting two runners on with two outs in the sixth. Mirabella Klebart singled to center field but Whitney DeMora was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second to end the frame. They made one final effort in the seventh as well, but Colby Wyatt was thrown out at second trying to stretch a single into a double to lead off the inning. Stanley and Alyssa Velasquez also hit singles in the inning, but Velasquez was caught trying to swipe second base on the play to end the game.
The bottom of the first inning of the nightcap was all junior Danielle Bradley needed, as she spun a one-hit shutout to pick up the split.
Rosa'Lynn Burton singled to start the inning before an error put Jazmeen Llamas on base too. Bradley walked to load the bases with no out, but the Wildcats needed a strike out, wild pitch to ensure their first run. Now with two outs, DeMora stepped in and laced an opposite field home run to right, plating three with her third bomb of the season.
The only hit Bradley (at left) gave up in the game was with one out in the top of the second inning, but she needed to work around a few walks and a hit-by-pitch in the game. She left single runners on base in the fourth, fifth, and sixth inning before slamming the door shut with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh.
Bradley walked four batters but only allowed the one hit while striking out two to improved to 5-5 on the year. Burton and DeMora collected two hits each in the nightcap.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak to CACC opponents for the Wildcats. They will look to build upon their win with another CACC doubleheader at Asbury Field on Tuesday. The matchup against Georgian Court is set for a 2:30 p.m. first pitch.