Behind a walk-off double off the bat of senior Christine Wade, the John Carroll University softball team won game one of a doubleheader with Ohio Northern University. Although the Blue Streaks fell to the Polar Bears in the second game, 4-3, Wade’s walk-off was the moment to remember.
In game one, ONU scored first when junior Amanda Lahti doubled in a run in the top of the first inning. JCU wasn’t shut out for long, though, as they answered in the bottom of the frame with three runs of their own.
Senior Alyssa Coleman started the two-out rally for the Blue Streaks with a triple, scoring sophomore Hannah Mizener. Consecutive RBIs by Wade and junior Angie Zappitelli to end the inning gave JCU the 3-1 lead after the first.
Both teams were shut down offensively for the next four innings, until the sixth inning, when ONU tied the game up at 3-3.
In the bottom of the 6th, Coleman was up to bat first for the Blue Streaks. She singled, then quickly advanced to second on an error, and then to third on a passed ball. The following pitch, Wade hit the ball to the gap right behind second base to score Coleman and gave the Blue Streaks a 4-3 advantage going in to the seventh.
ONU rallied to score two runs, setting up Wade’s heroics in the bottom of the seventh.
After tallying two outs, the Blue Streaks had little breathing room. After Mizener and Simecek were both walked, Coleman came up to bat and singled to load up the bases. Next up was Wade, who finished the game off with a walk-off double to score Mizener and Simecek for a 6-5 win.
In game two, the Blue Streaks got off to an ideal start, as Simecek hit a two-run homer to right field to give JCU an early 2-0 lead.
However, in the fourth and fifth inning, the Polar Bears used back-to-back two-run innings to take a 4-2 lead that they would never relinquish.
Mizener reignited the Blue Streaks in the sixth inning as she smacked a deep home run over the center field fence to close to the gap, 4-3, but it was too little, too late for JCU as ONU took game two.
With the split, JCU now sits 7-9 on the season.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University softball team returned to action on Wednesday, April 6, for two games against Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.