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A pair of dominate pitching performances led the Wilmington University in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader but a late run in game two allowed Felician to earn a split on Saturday afternoon at Matera Field.
Katie Warrington struck out 12 batters in a 4-0 game one win, only allowing four hits in going the distance. Chelsea Botsch also tossed all six innings, striking out four but a two out run in the bottom of the sixth broke a 2-2 tie, allowing Felician (5-13, 1-3 CACC) to come away with a 3-2 win in game two.
The Wildcats (12-13, 1-3 CACC) picked up three runs in the top of the fifth inning in game one to give Warrington the space she needed. Skye Borie remained hot at the plate and singled through the right side to lead off the inning. Shelby Thompson followed with a bunt single to put the first two runners on base. An error on the shortstop allowed Brook Ash to reach base as well as pinch runner Emily Nowell and Thompson to come around and score the game’s first two runs. Leaving third on contact with one out, Ash was able to reach home as a throw from the first basemen sailed wide to make it a 3-0 lead.
Warrington was able to work around a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth to shut the Golden Falcons down and keep the score at 3-0.
The Wildcats added a security run in the top of the seventh Jillian Stafford capitalized on a two-out, bases empty rally, hitting a single down the right field line to score Ash.
Warrington moved to 7-2 on the year from inside the circle while Thompson and Ash led the offense with two hits apiece. Stafford, Brooke Berger, Rachel Painter and Boris each added a hit each in game one.
Wilmington got out to a quick 2-0 lead with a single run in both the first and second innings of game two before Felician came back to make it a game. Again starting a two-out, bases empty rally, Christin Headley doubled to left center in the top of the first before coming home on another double by Stafford for the 1-0 lead. Boris made it a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on one swing, hitting her first home run of the season, a solo shot, to left center.
Felician responded with single runs in the bottom of the second and third innings to tie the game at 2-2, doing so on only two hits combined.
The score remained at 2-2 for the next two innings until the sixth. Wilmington first challenged in the top of the inning, putting two runners on with only one out. Stafford then lined out to the left fielder before Berger grounded out to end the inning, unable to get a run across.
The Golden Falcons rallied in the bottom half of the sixth, starting the inning off with a leadoff triple to center field. Botsch bore down and induced a grounder back to the circle for the first out, and picked up a big strike out for the second out of the inning. But Felician was able to score the go-ahead run, getting a single to center field to score the run from the third with two outs.
The Wildcats received a leadoff single from Painter in the top of the seventh, but could only push the runner to second before the final out was recorded.
Ash, Headley, Stafford, Painter and Boris all collected one hit a piece in game two, with Headley, Stafford and Boris’ all going extra base hits, but the Wildcats couldn’t scratch any runs off Felician starter Macy Chase.
Wilmington hits the road for its next contests, heading to Philadelphia for a CACC doubleheader at Holy Family on Tuesday. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 - Lyndhurst, N.J.