Delaware Posts Comeback Wins Over Winthrop, Campbell at UNCG Spartan Classic
• UD-Winthrop Boxscore
• UD-Campbell Boxscore
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Anna Steinmetz hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning against Winthrop before the Blue Hens rallied from five runs down against Campbell as the University of Delaware softball posted a pair of comeback victories on Saturday at the UNCG Spartan Classic.
Delaware recorded a 5-4 win over the Eagles and a 9-7 triumph over the Camels, finishing a perfect 4-0 at the tournament while improving to 6-12 on the season.
During the Blue Hens’ first game of the day, Winthrop (11-11) took a 4-0 lead into the final inning following a two-run homer by Leah Young in the fourth and RBI singles by Young and Morgan Lowers in the sixth.
But Delaware rallied in the top of the seventh as after Ali Davis led off with a walk, Leanna Gearhart and Giovanna Kolofer both singled to load the bases. Mariah Kondravy then drew a walk to force home the Blue Hens’ first run, before Steinmetz blasted a grand slam over the fence in leftcenter to put Delaware in front.
Winthrop then had a runner on first base with two down in the bottom half of the frame, but after Maddie Antone singled to leftcenter, she was thrown out at second base to end the game.
Jordan Cargile improved to 3-7 after she fired 1.2 innings of scoreless relief while Gearhart, Kolofer and Steinmetz all finished with a pair of hits.
Campbell (15-12) then jumped on top of the Blue Hens by scoring four runs in the bottom of the opening frame, before adding another tally in the second to make it a 5-0 game. However Delaware got on the board in the top of the third as Gearhart legged out a bunt single and Kolofer followed with a two-run homer to leftcenter.
The Blue Hens then loaded the bases in the fourth on a Devon Steiner walk, an Alyshia Dellatore single and an Emily Neal walk, before Davis (above) belted a grand slam to put Delaware on top, 6-4. Delaware added two more runs in the fifth as Steinmetz smoked a solo home run and Neal singled home Steiner to increase the margin to four.
The Camels got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single before Delaware added its final run in the seventh without the benefit of a hit, as Neal worked a bases loaded walk to force home Morgan Schroll.
Taylor Curran then retired Campbell in order, as she tossed two scoreless innings to earn her second save of the year. Cargile picked up her second win of the day after allowing two runs, one earned, in 4.2 frames in the circle. Steinmetz and Dellatore each notched two hits at the plate, while Davis had the four RBI and Steiner crossed the plate twice.
Delaware is scheduled to open its home schedule on Wednesday with a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader against Villanova.
• Gearhart stole a base in each game and has tied the school record of 66 steals set by Kim Griffin from 1989-92
• Steinmetz now has 20 career homers, tying her for second place in UD history along with Kondravy
• Kolofer’s homer was the third of her career
• Kolofer and Steiner have each hit safely in six consecutive games
• The Blue Hens’ four-game winning streak is their longest since winning seven straight from Mar. 30-Apr. 6, 2016
• Delaware’s game scheduled for Sunday vs. Winthrop has been canceled due to expected inclement weather
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