PAINESVILLE –The University of Findlay softball team jumped on top early in the first game and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the second in sweeping a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader from Lake Erie College on Friday.
Tori Allen’s RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning gave UF a 3-2 win in the second game. Emily Reynolds’ first-inning grand slam set the tone in the opener when the Oilers routed Lake Erie 11-1 in six innings.
Reynolds, an Elmwood graduate, also singled and accounted for five runs-batted-in in the first game. Courtney Dwyer (2-1B), Allen (2-1B) and Hopewell-Loudon’s Lauren Trumpler (2-1B) added two hits each to back the four-hit pitching of Tawna Whited.
Whited (13-6) was the winning pitcher in the second game as well, pitching 12/3 innings of shutout ball in relief of starter Bonnie Zappitelli. Her two wins Friday gave her 44 for her career, tying the school record Stephanie Dyer set in 1996.
Lake Erie (4-27, 1-19 GLIAC) took a 2-1 lead in the second game on Elizabeth Karako’s two-run home run in the third. UF tied it in the sixth when Reynolds singled and eventually scored on Megan Turner’s pinch-hit RBI single.
UF (16-13, 8-10 GLIAC) is at Walsh today for another GLIAC doubleheader.
Findlay 400 043 — 11 10 2
Lake Erie 100 000 — 1 4 3
WP — Whited (12-6). LP — Anderson (1-10). top hitters: (UF) Dwyer 1B, 2B; Allen 2-1B; Reynolds HR, 5 RBI; Whited 1B, RBI; Trumpler 2-1B, RBI; Britvec 1B, 2 RBI. (LEC) Francis 2B; Gratz 2B; Shevenell 2B.
Lake Erie 002 000 0 — 2 6 1
Findlay 100 001 1 — 3 7 3
WP — Whited (13-6). LP — Shevenell (1-7). top hitters: (UF) Allen 2B, RBI; Dwyer 2B; Turner 1B, RBI. (LEC) Karako HR, 2 RBI.
records: Findlay 16-13, 8-10 GLIAC; Lake Erie 4-27, 1-19 GLIAC.
HILLSDALE, Mich. — The University of Findlay baseball team pushed across four runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game, then plated five more in the 11th to outlast Hillsdale 13-9 in the opening matchup of a three-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series at Simpson Field on Friday.
Peter Yorgen singled through the right side, scoring Logan Harrah and putting the Oilers ahead for good in the 11th.
Riverdale graduate Derek Draper hit a two-RBI double and scored later in the inning on a passed ball. Miguel Valdez scored on a wild pitch to complete the scoring for UF, which improved to 10-21 overall and 7-14 in the GLIAC.
Yorgen finished with two singles and two RBIs, Draper also added a single and an RBI and Harrah had an RBI single in the fourth inning.
Elmwood graduate Reid Rothenbuhler singled twice, doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Jordan Garcia lined two doubles and Joe Sickler singled and doubled for the Oilers.
Alex Williams (3-1) worked 42/3 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts and four walks to earn the victory on the mound.
Findlay 100 110 140 05 — 13 16 0
Hillsdale 104 000 300 01 — 9 14 4
WP — Williams (3-1). LP — Hanrahan (0-3). top hitters: (UF) Garcia 2-2B, RBI; Yorgen 2-1B, 2 RBI; Rothenbuhler 2-1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Draper 1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Sickler 1B, 2B, RBI; Harrah 1B, RBI; Louis 2-1B. (Hil) Ortel 2-1B, 2-2B, RBI; Bartlett 2-1B, RBI; Sobieszczanski 2-1B, 3B, 2 RBI; McDonald 2-1B, 4 RBI.
records: Findlay 10-21, 7-14 GLIAC; Hillsdale 12-25, 10-12 GLIAC.
Welch third in discus
COLUMBUS — University of Findlay thrower Justin Welch placed third in the discus on Friday after the first day of competition in the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State University.
Welch’s throw of 170-feet, 6 inches was also an NCAA provisional qualifying effort.
UF’s Justin Eilerman also competed on Friday, placing 22nd in the 1,500-meter run (3:54.19).
Most UF athletes at the meet will be competing today.