Blue Hen Softball Opens CAA Play With Doubleheader Split vs. College of Charleston
NEWARK, Del. -- Blue Hen sophomore righthander Kelly Lupton allowed just two runs as the University of Delaware softball team took the opener over College of Charleston, 4-2, before dropping a 7-0 decision in the nightcap as the two squads opened their Colonial Athletic Association season Saturday at the UD Softball Stadium.
The Blue Hens, who are now 8-14 overall and 1-1 in league play, opened the scoring during the first game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jessica Grisler led off the frame with an infield single, and she scored one out later when Giovanna Kolofer (at left) drilled a triple down the rightfield line. Sarah Bencivenga (below) then followed by lacing a single to leftfield, driving home Kolofer to give Delaware an early 2-0 cushion.
Hannah George opened the bottom of the second with a single to rightcenter, and after Grisler reached on an error and both runners executed a double steal, Kolofer drilled a single to left to make it a four-run game.
The Cougars, who are now 19-11 overall and 1-1 in the conference following their first CAA games in school history, got on the board during the fourth when Valerie Cassell delivered an RBI single. CofC added a run in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Mackenzie Maples, but Lupton set the Cougars down in order during the final two frames to close out the victory.
Lupton improved to 3-3 after she allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out five. CofC starter Hope Klicker, who was charged with three earned runs on five hits in one-plus innings, dropped to 9-9 on the year. Kolofer finished 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored for the Blue Hens, while Bencivenga was also 2 for 3 while knocking home a run.
The Cougars took control of the nightcap early on, scoring two runs in each of the second and third innings. Pedigo drove home the first run with an RBI groundout, while a second run scored on a wild pitch. Cassell chased home the third run of the game during the following frame with a sacrifice fly, while Kelsey Hodgson singled home another to put CofC up four.
The Cougars then put the game away with three runs in the seventh, highlighted by an RBI double from Chandler Frisbie.
CofC pitcher Samantha Martin hurled a five-hit shutout, striking out nine batters while improving to 7-2 on the year. Blue Hen starter Carolyn Szymanski fell to 4-8 after she gave up two earned runs in 1.2 innings of work despite not allowing a hit.
The Blue Hens and Cougars will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday with a 12 noon game at the UD Softball Stadium.