Wildcats Close Out Regular Season with Sweep of Bloomfield
Game 1: Wilmington 5, Bloomfield 2; Game 2: Wilmington 5, Bloomfield 2
Sunday, May 1, 2011 - New Castle, DE
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Heather KarasekAmanda CordreyKatie Warrington
Wilmington University will head into the upcoming Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) playoffs with a little momentum, thanks to a sweep of the host Deacons of Bloomfield College in CACC softball action on Sunday afternoon at Clark’s Pond Field. The Wildcats won both games by identical 5-2 scores, closing out their regular season on a three-game winning streak.
The ‘Cats wasted little time in getting on the board in the opener, as senior Nicci Gebhart’s RBI single in the first plated sophomore Lauren Szymanski. Wilmington added one more in the fifth on a RBI single from senior Amanda Cordrey that scored freshman Meghan Logullo. Another RBI single in the sixth made it 3-0, as sophomore Brooke Berger knocked home junior Jess Hassman. The Wildcats added two more in the seventh, as Cordrey drilled a two-run home run, giving the ‘Cats a 5-2 lead that would hold as the final score.
Senior hurler Heather Karasek (10-7) picked up the win, as she gave up two run (earned) on just three hits, while striking out six in the complete-game victory. Cordrey led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI, while Gebhart was 2-for-4 with a RBI.
It was more of the same in game two, as the Wildcats struck for two runs in the top of the first. A two-RBI single from Cordrey scored Szymanski and freshman Christin Headley. Bloomfield cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning, and that 2-1 score would hold until the sixth. A RBI single from Hassman, and a bases loaded walk from Szymanski put Wilmington ahead 4-1 after six, and the ‘Cats would add one more in the seventh. Sophomore Katie Warrington picked up her first collegiate hit, sending junior Kristin Garvin to third. Warrington then bolted towards second, where no one was covering the bag, and then got herself in a rundown, allowing Garvin to trot home. The Deacons would add one in the seventh, making in 5-2, but Warrington managed to strand two, by inducing a pop-up from the tying run for the third out.
Warrington (15-7) earned the win, as she gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out 12 in seven innings of work. Cordrey once again led the offense, going 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Garvin finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored for the Wildcats.
With the wins, Wilmington improved to 17-9 in the CACC and 27-19 overall, while Bloomfield dropped to 14-12 in the conference and 23-20 on the season. The Wildcats return to action on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the CACC Tournament. The ‘Cats have assured themselves of at least the four seed in the tournament, which will be hosted by Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey.