Statesmen Leave Florida with Another DH Split
Lake Wales, Fla.–Errors played both the good and bad guy Wednesday as the William Penn softball split a pair of non-conference games.
The Statesmen (5-3) opened their final day in Florida with a 4-0 win over Bluefield (Va.). The navy and gold unfortunately could not complete the day’s sweep, falling 7-6 to host Warner in eight innings.
While it was just another day at the park for Jennifer Whitehead (Sr., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Biology), the offense took advantage of three fielding mistakes by Bluefield. The senior (4-0) gave up only one hit in a seven-strikeout (0 BB) win. None of the three Rams that reached base got past first base.
Malloree Grove (Sr., Runnells, Iowa, Physical Education) started the game by getting on via an error and later scored in the first. Sydney Edwards (Jr., Galesburg, Ill., Psychology & Biology) then led off the second by reaching on an error. She and Grove came around on a double by Jorden Steele (Jr., Tacoma, Wash., Physical Education) to make it 3-0.
The fourth and final run was tallied in the fifth when Brittanee Grove (Jr., Runnells, Iowa, Elementary Education) also reached by a BC mistake and rounded the bases.
WPU outhit the Rams 5-1 with Steele’s 2-for-3 performance blazing the trail. She also walked once.
The Statesmen offense was even more electric against Warner, but an early lead could not be maintained.
Jessica Christensen (So., Marysville, Wash., Sociology) singled home Steele in the first to begin the game’s scoring. The Royals unfortunately answered with two runs in the bottom half.
William Penn tied its highest single-inning run tally of the year in the third when four players touched all the pads. Ashley Bezdicek (Jr., Walla Walla, Wash., Physical Education), with a single, and Edwards, with a double, both provided two-run base knocks.
Warner refused to go away, however, with one run in the fifth and two more in the seventh to force extra innings at 5-5.
The navy and gold struck first as Bri Zerley (Jr., Monroe, Iowa, Biology) singled home Malloree Grove in the top of the eighth. The advantage would not stand, though, as Warner, helped by one of WPU’s two errors, scored the tying and winning runs in the bottom half.
The Statesmen, who outhit the Royals 15-8, had six players with multiple hits. Brittanee Grove, also with one walk, and Ashlee Dennis (Jr., Loveland, Colo., Biology) both finished 3-for-4. Christensen had a 3-for-5 outing, while Zerley, Bezdicek, and Edwards all went 2-for-4.
Lunden Young (Jr., Lewiston, Idaho, Physical Education) was saddled with the loss. The junior (1-2) struck out five and walked three in the complete game.
Next: William Penn travels to Mobile, Ala., Friday and Saturday to compete in the Gulf Coast Invitational. On Friday, the Statesmen take on #9 Belhaven (Miss.) at 8 a.m., (RV) Columbia (Mo.) at 4 p.m., and #23 Central Methodist (Mo.) at 6 p.m. On Saturday, WPU faces Thomas (Ga.) at 8 a.m. and #2 Spring Hill (Ala.) at 2 p.m.