Softball Lady ‘Cats win a pair at Notre Dame


SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – The West Virginia Wesleyan softball team kept their MEC Tournament hopes alive with a doubleheader sweep of Notre Dame Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady ‘Cats won game one by a 6-5 margin and took the night cap by an 8-3 score.

In Wednesday’s softball article, it stated Wesleyan was eliminated from the MEC tournament based on their schedule not being updated to include the Notre Dame doubleheader on the Wesleyan athletic website.

The pair of wins put Wesleyan at 18-22 overall and 11-15 in the MEC, four games behind fourth-place UVa.-Wise and the final play-off spot in the South Division.

The Lady ‘Cats can make a major step in securing a play-off bid today as they host UVa.-Wise in a doubleheader.

UVa.-Wise is currently 20-19 overall and 14-10 in the MEC heading into last night’s twin bill at West Liberty.

In game one, Destiny Alvarado hit a two-run single to right field in the top of the first to give Wesleyan a 2-0 advantage.

Notre Dame answered with three runs in the bottom of the first and added two more in the bottom third for a 5-2 lead.

A two-run double from Wesleyan’s Lauryn King in the top of the fourth made it a 5-4 contest.

Wesleyan took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fifth.

Celia Valencia hit a one-run single that scored Miranda Frye and Brooke Clark tagged a single to right field that plated Valencia to give Wesleyan a 6-5 advantage.

Wesleyan starter Hannah Hudson kept Notre Dame off the board the rest of the way for the Lady ‘Cats’ one-run win.

Wesleyan outhit Notre Dame by a 10-6 margin.

Clark, King, Frye and Valencia each had two hits for Wesleyan.

Hudson improved to 10-10 in the complete-game effort.

She gave up five earned runs on six hits and struck out three.

In the second outing, Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Clark scored on a wild pitch.

Notre Dame answered with a lone run in the bottom of the first to make it a 1-1 contest.

Wesleyan erupted for four runs in the top of the third to take a 5-1 lead.

Clark hit a two-run single, King blasted a one-run double and Alvarado hit a one-run single to account for the scoring.

Notre Dame chased a run across in the bottom of the third and one in the fifth inning to close the deficit to 5-3.

Wesleyan’s Kennedy Cowart singled to left center scoring Magasmen and Alvarado in the top of the sixth inning to extend the Wesleyan lead to 7-3.

The Lady Bobcats added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Kelley Bourne scored on an error.

Wesleyan collected nine hits in the contest with Cowart and Clark each getting three.

Bourne (3-2) went the distance to earn the win.

She gave up three earned runs on six hits and struck out one.

Wesleyan will play UVa.-Wise today in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. and will then wrap-up the regular season Saturday hosting Concord in a twin bill starting at 1 p.m.

The boxscores:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                  200 220 0 – 6

Notre Dame                                                                      302 000 0 – 5

E – Linberger 2. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 9, Notre Dame 3. 2B – King, Valenciia, Stephens, Weall. Sac. – Magsamen. SF – Swiger.

(Game 1)

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kennedy Cowart 3b, 2 1 1 0; Brooke Clark dp, 4 1 2 1; Lauryn King lf, 4 1 2 2; Kelley Bourne rf, 4 0 0 0; Disntay Alvarado 2b, 4 0 1 2; Miranda Frye 1b 3 1 2 0; Megan Magsamen cf, 3 0 0 0; Paige Bragg c, 3 0 0 0; Ciana Bowen ph, 1 0 0 0; Celia Valencia ss, 4 2 2 1; Hannah Hudson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 32 6 10 6.

Notre Dame – Alyssa Larson cf, 3 1 0 0 ; Erin Calhoun rf, 4 0 0 0; Shelby Stephens 3b, 3 2 2 1; McKenzie Zigmont p, 2 1 1 0; Taylor Olson p, 1 0 1 0; Rhiana Weall dh, 2 1 1 1; Halli Swiger ss, 2 0 0 1; Ariel Linberger 1b, 3 0 1 2; Mikaela Fording c, 3 0 0 0; Katelyn Rheude lf, 3 0 0 0; Alexis Maciejowski 2b, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 5 6 5.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hudson (W, 10-10): 7 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks 3 strikeouts,1 wild pitch; Zigmont (L, 9-14): 4 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 6 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts; Olson: 2 1/3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts.

(Game 2)

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                 104 002 1 – 8

Notre Dame                                                                     101 010 0 – 3

E – West Virginia Wesleyan 1, Notre Dame 1. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 5, Notre Dame 6. 2B – Clark 2, King, Zigmont. 3B – Maciejowski. Sac. – Frye. SF – Stephens, Zigmont. SB – Cowart, Maciejowski, Zigmont.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kennedy Cowart 3b, 4 1 3 2; Brooke Clark ph-rf, 4 2 3 2; Karley Hagggins rf, 0 0 0 0; Lauryn King lf, 4 1 1 1; Kelley Bourne p, 4 1 0 0; Destinay Alvarado 2b, 3 1 1 1; Miranda Frye 1b, 3 0 0 1; Megan Magsamen cf, 3 1 0 0; Ciana Bowen dp, 3 0 0 0; Celia Valencia ss, 2 1 1 0; Paije Bragg c, 0 0 0 0. Totals 30 8 9 7.

Notre Dame — Rhiana Weall 1b, 3 2 1 0; Alexis Maciejowski 2b, 4 1 2 0; Shelby Stephens 3b, 3 0 0 0; McKenzie Zigmont dp, 1 0 1 2; Taylor Olson p, 3 0 0 0; Brenna Lorek cf, 2 0 0 0; Kelsi Miske rf, 2 0 1 0; Erin Calhoun ph, 1 0 0 0; Hallie Swiger ss, 2 0 0 0; Ariel Linbeger ph, 1 0 0 0; Katelyn Rheude lf, 3 0 1 0; Mikaela Fording c, 0 0 0 0. Totals 25 3 6 3.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Bourne (W, 3-2): 7 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 hit batsmen (Lorek).

Notre Dame – Olson (L, 9-15); 7 innings, 9 hits, 8 runs, 7 earned runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Valencia).

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