WILMINGTON - The Marietta College softball team opened Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday with a doubleheader sweep at Wilmington College. The Pioneers posted a pair of 11-4 victories.
Marietta improves to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in the OAC. Wilmington falls to 12-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.
The Pioneers banged out 12 hits in the first game and used a five-run fourth inning, paced by Michelle Sayre's 3-run long ball, to secure the victory. Marietta scored two runs in each of the second and third innings and added two insurance runs in the seventh.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the second inning, first baseman Courtney Kerwood led off with a single up the middle and stole second. A passed ball move her to third. After a couple of strikeouts, center fielder Hannah Tarski walked giving Marietta runners on the corners.
A wild pitch scored Kerwood and allowed Tarski to advance all the way around to third. Tarski then scored on Wilmington's second wild pitch of the inning.
Wilmington answered with two runs in the bottom of the second to retake the lead 4-2.
Control problems continued to plague Wilmington in the top of the third. Senior second baseman Katie Swejk singled and stole second. A walk to catcher Ris McDaniel and a hit batsman by right fielder Trayla Liles loaded the bases. Another wild pitch scored Swejk and then two more walks forced in another run tying the game, 4-4.
Marietta exploded for five runs in the fourth. The big blow was a three-run home run off the bat of Sayre.
Sophomore Alexis O'Hair (3-2) went the distance in the circle for the Pioneers. O'Hair tossed 7.0 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on 10 hits with a strikeout.
Danielle Monnier (6-1) took her first loss of the season.
Monnier lasted just 2.2 innings allowing four runs on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Swejk was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, while Sayre went 2-for-4 with three runs driven in and the home run. Liles and Kerwood each had two hits in the game for the Pioneers.
In the night cap, Marietta jumped out to an early 6-1 lead after three innings. The Pioneers scored three runs in the first on a three-run home run by Kerwood.
Pioneer third baseman Sarah Mayo drove in two runs in the top of the second with a double into the left center gap.
Trailing 8-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Wilmington plated three runs cutting the deficit to 8-4.
Any hopes of a Quaker comeback were eliminated when Marietta answered with three runs in the top of the sixth making it 11-4. Senior Ali Keller received a bases loaded walk and Tarski delivered a two-run single.
Freshman Lauren Larrick (4-2) pitched 4.1 innings for the win. Larrick allowed three runs on six hits. She walked two and struck out two. Kerwood tossed the final 2.2 innings and gave up one run on two hits with a strikeout.
Jess Clutter (5-3) took the loss throwing 5.2 innings. Clutter allowed 11 runs, seven earned, on 11 hits. She walked four and struck out three.
Liles finished game two with three hits in five at bats with a double and three runs scored.
Kerwood was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, while Michelle Kelley was 2-for-3.