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Press Release Written By Sports Information Graduate Intern MaryKate Rumbaugh.
NEW CASTLE, Del. – In a makeup game from March 23, the Wilmington University softball team split contests with Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference foe Dominican, falling 9-7 in the game one, before coming back to win game two, 10-1 in six innings at Asbury Field on Thursday afternoon.
In the doubleheader, sophomore Lauren Lopez collected eight RBI, breaking the single season mark now with 54 RBI on the year. She surpassed Jillian Stafford's mark of 51 RBI in 2013, still with 10 games let in the regular season.
A big six-run fifth inning for the Chargers would give them their first lead of the game, helping them pull away with the 9-7 win.
The Wildcats (27-11, 15-3 CACC) had a commanding 5-0 lead through the third inning, but the Chargers would just get started in the top of the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the third, Wilmington had two runners on for Lauren Lopez, who doubled down the left field line, scoring Alyssa Velasquez and Kiana Broderson-Jones. Annie Davila would be the next batter for the Wildcats, as she saw a pitch to drive the ball out over the left field fence for a two-run homerun to give WilmU a 5-0 lead.
The Chargers would get their first two runs of the game in the top of the fourth on a two-run homer, but it wasn't until with two outs in the top of the fifth, a two-run Chargers home run would start their rally. Dominican would have three straight singles, until another homerun would bring in their sixth run of the inning to take an 8-5 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Makayla McCarthy would make it a two-run game with a solo shot out to left field to start something for the Wildcats. The next three batters would get on for WilmU to bring up Rosa'Lynn Burton with the bases loaded, who singled up the middle to make an 8-7 ballgame. Wilmington would leave the bases loaded to end the inning, before the Chargers got an insurance run in the top of the sixth to finish out the game with a two-run lead.
Caitlyn Whiteside would go 6.0 IP, allowing nine hits and eight earned runs, with one walk and one strikeout.
Lauren Lopez, Makayla McCarthy, and Rosa'Lynn Burton all went 2-for-4 in the game. Lopez would finish with three RBI, as Burton and McCarthy had one RBI. Annie Davila's homerun gave her two RBI in the game. Lexi Baughman and Jazmeen Llamas both went 2-for-3 for the Wildcats.
Eight runs in the last three innings for the Wildcats would give them the eight-run rule over Dominican in the sixth inning.
With two outs in the bottom half of the fourth, Rosa'Lynn Burton got the Wildcats started with a single, before Kiana Broderson-Jones got on with a walk. With both players now in scoring position, Lauren Lopez would do what she does best, as she doubled down the left field line scoring both runners. Makayla McCarthy and Alexis Sann would keep it going, as they got on with a single and a walk to bring up Alyssa Velasquez. Velasquez then singled up the middle to give WilmU their third run of the inning and give the Wildcats a 5-1 lead heading into the top of the fifth.
Wilmington would bring in three more runs in the bottom half of the fifth, from another two-run single from Lopez and a sacrifice fly from McCarthy. Up by just seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, Lexi Baughman finished the game with a two-run homerun to straight away center to end the ball game, 10-1.
Makayla McCarthy would go 6.0 IP, allowing five hits, three walks, and one earned run with five strikeouts. She would get the win and improve to 12-3 in the season.
Lauren Lopez and Rosa'Lynn Burton both went 3-for-4 in the ballgame. Lopez finished with a double and five RBI. Lexi Baughman went 2-for-4 with a homerun and three RBI. Alyssa Velasquez and Makayla McCarthy both had one hit and one RBI.
The Wildcats are back at Asbury Field on Saturday afternoon as they take on Caldwell for Senior Day. Game one is now set for 2:00 p.m.