After combining for 18 runs over their last seven games, the John Carroll University softball team exploded to score 16 runs in just two games against Wilmington College on Sunday, April 10. The Blue Streaks used some clutch, two-out hitting to add on some insurances runs, defeating the Fighting Quakers 9-3 in game one and 7-0 in game two.
JCU stared off game one with a bang, as junior Carly Simecek and senior Alyssa Coleman smacked back-to-back home runs to give the Blue Streaks an early 2-0 lead. The Fighting Quakers responded with two runs of their own in the second, but after JCU retook the lead on a RBI double off the bat of senior Christie Wade, Wilmington never recovered as the Blue Streaks extended their lead, taking game one, 9-3.
Both teams got off to much slower starts in game two, as neither team managed to plate a run until the fourth inning, when Coleman scored on a wild pitch to give JCU the 1-0 lead. That was the only run the Blue Streaks would need, as junior AnnMarie Kirchner shut down the Fighting Quakers, tossing complete game shutout for her fifth win of the year. It was the second straight start for Kirchner not allowing a single run. The junior was named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her efforts.
Despite only needing the one run, JCU added six more in the final three innings, ultimately taking game two, 7-0.
Although she pitched a two-hitter in game two, Kirchner praised the offense for their ability to get the team two big wins.
“Our team swept Wilmington because of our hitting. We were a constant offensive threat and we need to carry that with us into our upcoming games,” said Kirchner.
Kirchner wasn’t the only Blue Streaks athlete to take home an award for her play against Wilmington. On Tuesday, April 12, Coleman was announced as the recipient of the of her first career OAC Hitter of the Week.
JCU will look to build on this momentum as the squad plays six games over the next five days, including three double-headers.
Heading into Wednesday’s matchup with the University of Mount Union, the Blue Streaks sit at an even 10-10 on the season overall, and 4-4 in OAC play.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University softball team returned to action on Wednesday, April 13 for a double-header against Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.