The Oberlin Review
<< Front page Sports April 20, 2007

Women's Softball Defeated in Doubleheader

The Oberlin College softball team was within reach of its first North Coast Athletic Conference win in the second game of a doubleheader against the College of Wooster on Wednesday. The Yeowomen rallied in the ninth to cut Wooster’s lead 2-1 with an RBI hit by junior Ashley Gorham, but it was too little too late for Oberlin.

Sophomore Sophie Simon-Ortiz pitched a solid game, going six innings while giving up only nine hits and two runs. Oberlin had come off a tough 0-6 loss in the first game of the afternoon. Wooster’s strong pitching combined with Oberlin’s off night offensively contributed to the loss.

It has been a frustrating week for the Yeowomen. Last Sunday, they could have used some sunlight on an otherwise windy day in their match-ups against the Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan on April 15. With hard fought battles in both games, the Yeowomen lost 10-2 and 9-6.

First-year Lauren Luther led Oberlin on the offensive end, going 3-6 with three RBIs, a double, and a stolen base. Luther’s classmate, first-year Julia Chauvin, also had a stellar day going 3-5 with 3 RBIs, a double, two runs scored and a stolen base. Chauvin leads the squad in home runs with two, and RBIs with 11.

First-year Emily Bradley led the Bishops that day with a home run, a double, four runs batted in and four runs scored. In the opener, the Bishops were first to get on the board with a stolen base to home plate by first-year Amanda Sanders off an Oberlin error. Two more runs amassed would put the Bishops ahead of the Yeomen, 3-0.

Oberlin responded with a two-run single by Chauvin to put the Yeowomen on the board, ending the first inning with a score of 3-2. Ohio Wesleyan quickly responded scoring seven more runs in the contest and defeating Oberlin in the opener 10-2.

In the second match-up, with the score tied 1-1, Ohio Wesleyan blasted a three run homer, putting the Bishops ahead 4-1. Oberlin would not be fazed, however, as the team let its bats do the talking. The Yeowomen responded with five straight runs. Luther got the rally started with a two run single, giving Oberlin a 6-4 lead.

But the Obies could not hold the lead. Ohio Wesleyan scored runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings, earning them a second victory on the day 9-6.


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