UF Softball wins seven down south

By Alyssa Grevenkamp

The baseball team wasn’t the only sport to soak up the Florida sun over spring break.

The University of Findlay’s softball continued their season in Clermont, Florida after going 2-3 in Chicago Feb. 20-22.

Findlay would go 7-3 on the trip.

Findlay would get off to a quick start with a blowout win over Felician 13-0. Bonnie Zappatelli would earn her first win on the season going 5 innings.

The Oilers would drop their next game to Rollins 3-2. But soon after that, they would go on a four game winning streak.

In the next game against Notre Dame (Ohio), they went into extra innings to get the win. The Oilers would get off to a slow start and would be down 0-2 for most of the game. The Oilers found a way in the bottom of the seventh to manufacture some runs in.

With two outs, Kelsey Borders would single into center to score Kari Sparling for the first run of the inning. Then Haley Apple would single to center as well and Meredith Sheppard would score to tie things up. Findlay wouldn’t score any more runs in the seventh so they would need extra innings to determine a winner.

The Oilers pitching and defense came up big getting a 1, 2, 3 inning. Heading to the bottom of the eighth inning, Brooke Scherger would get on base and Megan Turner would come to the plate next to have the game winning hit driving in Scherger. The Oilers would go on to win 3-2.

In the game against Mary on Saturday, Jenna Inman would get the win by only allowing one run on five hits and pitching 4.1 innings. Chelsey McManaway would come on the mound in relief and would record four strikeouts while only giving up one run.

Lauren Trumpler went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Abby Funk drove in three runs on the day finishing 1-for-4 at the dish with a double.

The Oilers finished their trip on Sunday winning the first game against Pitt-Johnstown, but dropping the second game to Southern Indiana.

In the Oilers final game of the trip, they got out to a quick start going up on Southern Indiana 1-0 in the first inning. Emily Stewart hit in Brooke Scherger for the first run of the game.

But Southern Indiana would fight back scoring three runs in the bottom of the third. They would then score and get another assurance run in the bottom of the fourth.

The Oilers wouldn’t give up, though. Madison Arnold would score on a Shepherd double to center. Unfortunately, that would be all the Oilers would be able to manufacture for the remainder of the game.

The Oilers will be back in action when they go away on Thursday, March 12 to take on Northwestern Ohio. They will play a double header at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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