MC softball uses long ball to top Muskingum
NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The Marietta College softball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Muskingum University Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers won game one, 4-1, and dropped the second game, 3-2. Marietta is now 12-12 overall and 2-2 in the OAC, while the Muskies are 9-15 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.
Marietta used the long ball in game one scoring three of its four runs via the home run. Kaitlin Klinchock plated the Pioneers’ first run with a single in the third. Jocelyn White made it 2-0 with a solo homer in the fourth and then Brey Mays smacked a two-run shot in the top of the seventh for a 4-0 Marietta lead.
White (4-4) started in the circle for Marietta and went the distance to notch her fourth win of the season. White worked out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning and carried the shutout into the seventh.
Melissa Maiorano worked a lead off walk to start the home half of the seventh. Haley Dotson pinch ran for Maiorano and advanced to second on a ground out. Amy Clark got the Muskies on the board with a double scoring Dotson. White got the next hitter to foul out ending the game.
White threw seven innings and scattered 10 Muskie hits. She walked one and struck out three. Rachel Eberling (3-6) took the loss. She pitched seven innings and gave up four runs on 12 hits and struck out seven.
Klinchock, White and Cierra Bloom each had two hits in the game for Marietta.
The roles were reversed in game two as Muskingum built a 3-0 lead and the Pioneers tried to mount a come from behind win.
The Muskies scored one in the third and two more in the fourth. Jessica Matthews drove in the first run with a single up the middle, while Cassie Thomas plated two with a double to center field in the fourth.
Marietta finally got to Muskingum starter Dakota DeAmicis in the sixth. Klinchock reached on a one-out single up the middle and advanced to third on a double from Mays. White picked up an RBI on a ground out that scored Klinchock and then Bloom followed with an RBI single plating Mays.
The Pioneers put a pair of base runners on in the seventh but couldn’t get the two-out base hit to tie the game.
DeAmicis (4-0) tossed seven strong innings for the win. She allowed two runs on 10 hits and struck out eight. Kristina LaRocca (3-3- started and took the loss for Marietta. LaRocca was charged with three runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work. Alison Kach worked the final 2.2 innings and allowed two base hits.
Bloom and Brianna Finck each had two hits in the game for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers return home to host the University of Mount Union in an OAC doubleheader at 3 p.m. Wednesday.