Findlay, OH – The University of Findlay softball team split a G-MAC double header with the Trevecca Nazarene University Trojans on Saturday, April 7. The day moves the Oilers to 17-16 overall, with a 7-1 record in the conference while the Trojans move to 22-8 (9-3).
Game 1 | W 4 – 2 (Box Score)
Defense and pitching played a big role in game one, with the first hit not being recorded by either team until the bottom of the third inning from the bat of Amanda Delmonte.
Oilers struck first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth with Rebecca Harvey delivering a leadoff homerun over the center field fence.
Trevecca reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth, scoring two runs on RBI singles with Trojan runners in scoring position.
Pitcher Hailey Bryan managed to hold the Trojans scoreless in the top of the seventh, forcing two groundouts and a lineout to the shortstop to put the game in the hands of the Oiler offense.
After two quick outs, Senior Madison Arnold kept the inning going with a single to left centerfield.
With two outs and a runner on second, Harvey smacked a walk-off homerun over the scoreboard in left centerfield to give the Oilers the 4-2 victory in dramatic fashion.
Bryan went all seven innings for the Oilers on the mound, finishing with five strikeouts while allowing five hits, two runs (both earned), and one walk.
Game 2 | L 2 – 4 (Box Score)
The Oilers were able to score right away in the second game, scoring a run in the bottom of the inning to gain the early lead.
Alison Brunner began the momentum with a one-out single to left field, which was followed by another single from Amanda Delmonte that moved Brunner to third base.
Salwa Al-Hajabed picked up the RBI by scoring Brunner on a fielder's choice ground ball.
Scoring would remain silent for the next five innings, with Trevecca breaking the spell in the top of the sixth by scoring a run on a single with the bases loaded.
Findlay broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth.
Drama continued in the seventh, with Findlay giving up a two-out, two-run homerun that put them at a 4-2 deficit.
With one more chance to catch Trevecca, the Oilers were able to get runners on first and second before a called third strike ended the game.
Megan Fisher started the game at pitcher for Findlay, going five innings while allowing four hits, zero runs, and recording two strikeouts.
Molly Crosby entered the game in the sixth and went one full inning, allowed two hits and two runs (unearned) while recording one strikeout.
Finishing the game and receiving the loss was Caragyn Yanek, who went one inning while allowing two runs (both earned).
The Oilers will be back on the field Sunday, April 8 when they host G-MAC foe Hillsdale College. First pitch is set for 12:00 PM.