MC softball splits doubleheader

Marietta College split a softball doubleheader at Washington and Jefferson College Thursday afternoon. The Presidents took game one by the score of 3-1, while the Pioneers posted a 5-2 win in the nitecap. Marietta moves to 8-6 on the season and W&J is 6-4 on the season.

The Presidents took advantage of a Marietta error and scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning of the first game. Senior Hannah Tarski cut the deficit in half with an RBI single in the third.

Washington and Jefferson strung together three straight singles in the home half of the fourth to score an insurance run. The Presidents smacked 10 hits in the game including three by first baseman Morgan Figura.

Junior Alexis O’Hair (4-3) took the loss. O’Hair pitched 6.0 innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on 10 hits. She walked one and struck out four.

Senior Madison Rotto (2-2) started in the circle for the Presidents and picked up the win. She tossed 5.0 innings scattering three hits. Rotto allowed one runs with four walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore Emily Watson worked 2.0 innings of shutout relief to earn her first save of the season.

Marietta collected five hits in the game from five different players. Trinity Schlabach had a double for the Pioneers.

Game two was a showcase for Schlabach. She threw 4.2 innings of shutout relief to earn the win and went 4-for-4 at the plate with a two-run home run in the fifth.

Courtney Kerwood started in the circle for the Pioneers and pitched 2.1 innings. She was charged with two runs on four base hits. Kerwood struck out three. Schlabach (4-3) allowed four hits with one walk and one strikeout to get the win.

Brittany Curry led the game off with a solo blast over the fence in the left-center to put Marietta up 1-0. The Pioneers extended the lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the third.

W&J got back within a run in its half of the third inning. Breanna Gleason led off with a single and Kelsey Cunningham followed with a homer to left. Tarski and Schlabach accounted for the final 5-2 margin in the fifth inning. Tarski reached on a two-out single before Schlabach launched her first career home run. Tarski finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Sophomore Krista McCartney (1-1) was touched up for five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work for the loss. Watson threw the final 2.1 innings.