By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Iowa Wesleyan softball team had a couple of firsts in the last week. The Tigers finally got to host their first home games on Thursday, April 12, falling 7-2(9) and 10-0 against Eureka College. Then on Friday, April 13, IW picked up their first wins of the year, sweeping Blackburn College 8-0(5) and 7-4.
Thursday saw a thriller in game one. Eureka scored the first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning but IW tied the game in the bottom half on an RBI double by Haley Varga.
The score stayed 1-1 until the eighth inning. Eureka scored one in the top of the frame but IW tied and nearly won the game in the bottom half.
McKenzie Copher scored the tying run for IW on a Eureka error. Alex Eyman bunted to advance the runner and the Red Devils threw the ball away, allowing Copher to score.
IW had Eyman at third base with a chance to win it but couldn?t capitalize. A Couple RBI singles and a three-run home run in the top of the ninth helped Eureka pull away for the five-run victory.
Samantha McIlwain threw nine innings in the game one loss, giving up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits and one walk, while striking out five batters.
The Tigers had a rough game two, collecting just two hits in the 10-0 loss. Julie Dodd was in the circle and gave up 10 earned runs on 13 hits and six walks, while striking out one batter over 6.2 innings.
IW led 1-0 through four innings in game one on Friday at Blackburn. The Tigers exploded in the fifth, however, scoring seven runs, including a two-run homer from Varga.
McIlwain went 2-3 with two RBIs in the win, and also threw a four-hit shut out, striking out six batters along the way. Varga finished 1-3 with two RBIs, and Emmy Rodriguez, Serena Almodovar and Machholz each had one RBI.
The Tigers had another big inning in game two. This time it was the third inning where IW was able to breakout for all seven of their runs and jump out to a 7-0 lead. Blackburn collected four runs of their own over their next two at-bats, but McIlwain stepped in to pitch and no-hit the Beavers over the final three frames.