Win Records Fall As Katie Warrington Caps the Regular Season with a No-Hitter in Wilmington Softball Sweep of Concordia
SB: Game 1: Wilmington 6 - Concordia 1; Game 2: Wilmington 6 - Concordia 0
Saturday, April 27, 2013 - Bronxville, N.Y.
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Senior Katie Warrington tossed her second career no-hitter, striking out 11 in clinching the No. 3 seed in the CACC Tournament with a 6-0 win over Concordia on Saturday. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Sophomore Rachel Painter went 3-for-6 with a double and a home run in game one on Saturday at Concordia. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Senior Jillian Stafford improved to 5-3 in the circle with a complete game in the opener, while also hitting 4-for-8 with a triple and six RBI's in the doubleheader sweep of Concordia on Saturday. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Two wins in an afternoon is not something new to the Wilmington University softball team, but Saturday’s doubleheader sweep over Concordia, 6-1 and 6-0, meant much more to the 2013 season and the program as a whole, as records fell and the team solidified its playoff position on a historic day at Clipper Softball Field.
A pair of win records fell for the Wildcats (32-19, 19-7 CACC), as they set new marks for overall wins in a season and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference wins. The 2007 team went 31-15 overall while team reset a fresh CACC wins record mark set by last year’s team of 18-8.
The two wins also solidified the team’s position in next weekend’s CACC Tournament, locking the Wildcats into the third seed and matching them with the highest seed ever entering the tournament. The 2007 squad was also the No. 3 seed in the CACC Tournament.
As for Saturday’s games, Katie Warrington capped the 2013 regular season with a large bang, tossing a complete game no-hitter in game two, striking out 11 more batters and improving to 16-4 on the season. The senior only allowed one walk for the game while two hitters reached base via an error. It is the second no-hitter of her career, as she also tossed a no-no against Holy Family last season.
Fellow senior Jillian Stafford was just as good from inside the circle in the day’s first game, enabling the team to go for the sweep and lock into the No. 3 seed for the tournament. Stafford went the distance while only allowing five hits, striking out two and giving up one run. She also helped herself out in the batter’s box, going 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI’s. Stafford is now 5-3 as a pitcher on the year.
The offense got right to it in the first game, scoring a run in the top of the first and adding single runs in each of the next two innings as well. An RBI groundout by Stafford scored Cambria Ziemba for the game’s first run. After singling to lead off the second, Brooke Berger scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. A two-out Stafford RBI single in the third scored Headley to put the Wildcats ahead 3-1, more than enough run support for Stafford in the circle.
After wedging herself out of a bases loaded jam in the second with only giving up one run, Stafford didn’t face any real harm until the Clippers (10-25, 9-17 CACC) got a two out rally going in to the sixth. With runners on second and third, Stafford induced a ground back to the circle for the third out of the inning, escaping without any damage.
Rachel Painter led off the sixth with a solo shot down the left field line before two more runs came across in the seventh. Stafford tripled home Headley before Skye Boris hit a sacrifice fly for the final run of the game.
The second game was the Warrington show, with the offense again striking early to give the senior a cushion from the rubber. With two outs in the first, Stafford doubled home Brook Ash from second for the game’s first run, the only run Warrington would need the rest of the way.
Warrington struck out the side in the bottom of the first, foreshadowing how the rest of the game would go for the Clipper batters. She struck out two more in the second and again took three strikeouts in the third.
The game’s third batter reached on an error and the Clippers didn’t have another base runner until the sixth inning. With two outs, the Clippers again reached on an error but the runner was left stranded at second at the end of the inning.
The Wildcat bats broke out in the seventh with four runs, two of which came on a Stafford double to left center. With the 6-0 lead, Warrington came out and shut down the Clippers in final inning, allowing a walk but getting the final out on a grounder to Headley at short.
Wilmington moved ahead of USciences with the two wins, as both the Wildcats and Devils were 17-7 coming into today. The Devils ran into a buzz saw at Caldwell, dropping both games. USciences, Holy Family and Georgian Court all finished CACC play with a 17-9 record. Georgian Court takes the No. 4 seed with its sweeps of both teams while USciences earns the No. 5 seed after splitting with Dominican. Holy Family falls to No. 6 with the split of USciences and falling both times to Dominican (the No. 1 seed).
With the tiebreakers settled, No. 3 Wilmington will square off against No. 6 Holy family in the first round of the CACC Tournament on Thursday, May 2. The teams with begin play in the second set of games on Thursday, with the first pitch slated to begin at 12 noon. The CACC Tournament is being hosted by Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J.