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Wilmington Softball Rounds Out Florida Trip With Doubleheader Split of Mercy

SB: Game 1: Wilmington 4 - Mercy 0; Game 2: Mercy 6 - Wilmington 5

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - Clermont, Fla.

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Senior Skye Boris went 1-for-3 with a double in game two on Saturday, knocking in two RBI's. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. Photo credit: Nicole Wiechecki. All rights reserved.



Sophomore Chelsea Botsch threw the first four innings of game one, earning the win to move to 2-3 on the year.Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. Photo credit: Nicole Wiechecki. All rights reserved.



Christin Headley went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI's in the game one win on Saturday. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. Photo credit: Nicole Wiechecki. All rights reserved.

The Wilmington University softball team jumped all over Mercy College early in the first game, leading to a 4-0 victory in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday morning at the National Training Center, but Mercy had the last laugh by coming back and taking a 6-5 decision in game two.

Wilmington finished its two week trip to the National Training Center with a 9-11 record, with the game one win ending a six game losing streak. Mercy started its 2013 season on Saturday, using a three run seventh inning in game two walk-off with their first win of the year.

The Wildcats got off to a fast start in game one, putting all four of its runs on the board in the first two innings. With the bases loaded and one out, senior Brooke Berger singled back to the pitcher, scoring Shelby Thompson who started the inning by getting on base after being hit by a pitch. Christin Headley also came around to score on the play, as the Mercy shortstop threw the ball away on the play.

The second inning started with two outs and the bases empty, as Thompson worked a two out walk. Brook Ash singled through the left side to kick start the rally while Headley doubled to deep center field, scoring both the speedy Thompson and Ash. The Wildcats led 4-0 after two innings.

The rest of the game was up to the pitching staff as Cheslsea Botsch and Jillian Stafford combined to throw the seven inning shutout. Botsch started in the circle for the Wildcats and tossed the first four innings, picking up one strikeout while only allowing three hits before turning it over to Stafford. The senior tossed the final three innings, picking up the save while striking out one batter and only allowing two hits.

The Wildcats again jumped out to an early lead in the second game, scoring three runs in the top of the second. Sky Boris got the scoring started, smashing a double to center field, scoring both Berger and Cambria Ziemba on the play. Now with the bases loaded, Thompson was again hit by a pitch, forcing in Boris from third for the 3-0 lead.

After Mercy retaliated with three runs of its own in the bottom of the third inning, the Wildcats struck again with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Stafford singled back up the middle to put the go-ahead runner on with one out. Now standing on third base, Ziemba hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Stafford for the 4-3 lead.

Still leading 4-3 in the sixth, Rachel Painter started the inning with a single through the left side. Two batters later, Thompson beat out an infield single, putting runners on first and third. Ash followed with another infield single, scoring Painter for the 5-3 lead.

Stafford relieved Wildcats starter Danielle Griffin to start the fourth inning and needed three out to earn the doubleheader sweep. The Mavericks put their first four batters on base and scored the tying run with the third batter of the inning. Mercy kept the rally going and scored once again with two outs, ending the game, 6-5.

Griffin tossed the first three innings of the game, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. Stafford falls to 2-3 on the year, throwing 3.2 innings while allowing three runs on seven hits. Ash led the Wildcats in game two, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Boris led the team by knocking in two runs in the game.

Wilmington returns to Delaware on Sunday and does not return to a diamond until next Thursday, March 14. The team remains on the road, however, as they head to Bowie State for another nonconference doubleheader before beginning Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action.

The doubleheader at Bowie State will begin at 2 p.m.