While some students got a spring break to go home or go to a nice warm destination, the University of Findlay’s softball team was taking care of business on the field.
The UF softball team played 13 games over spring break, finishing 7-6 before they had to return to Findlay.
The Oilers started off in Chicago where they went 2-2 beating both Lindenwood and Illinois Springfield by a score of 3-2.
Then the lady Oilers traveled down to Florida where they would finish with a 5-4 record.
The Oilers had a couple of good wins on the trip. One of the wins came against the University of Mary.
Findlay had a great day on the offensive end. They cranked out nine hits and held University of Mary to just four hits.
Findlay started the bottom of the first inning with a single from senior Brooke Scherger. She later would steal second and sophomore Cassidy Ghesquiere would walk to have runners on first and second. A single from freshman Rebecca Harvey would advance each runner. Scherger would eventually score on a fielder’s choice and a pop out ended the inning with the Oilers up 1-0.
Junior Katie Dunphy led off the bottom of the fourth with a double. With two outs, sophomore Meredith Shepherd singled to right field to score Dunphy to extend the lead to 2-0 at the end of the fourth.
After a scoreless fifth inning, junior Lauren Trumpler began the bottom of the sixth with a single. Sophomore Kelley Cejer added a single of her own and advanced the runner. Dunphy continued to add to the cause by adding a RBI single before the inning would end to give the Oilers a 3-0 lead that would end up being the final score.
Sophomore Chelsea McManaway picked up the win on the mound as she gave up four hits, with three walks, no runs and five strikeouts.
The Oilers also took down Nyak. UF went onto win 7-0 shutting the Warriors down.
Junior Jenna Inman was on the mound for the Oilers and she picked up the win by allowing no hits, two walks and striking out one. Freshman Hailey Bryan came in to relieve Inman and she finished the game out by giving up one hit and striking out two.
It wasn’t just the pitching that was spectacular in this game. It was also the offensive fire power that drove in some runs.
Findlay had a huge third inning. They blasted five hits and brought in six runs. With one out, Scherger and Ghesquiere each singled, followed by Harvey getting hit by a pitch to load the
bases. Cejer walked to bring in the first run. Then, Trumpler cleared the bases with a grand slam to take a 5-0 lead.
The final run of the inning would come from junior Kelsey Borders single to score sophomore Destinie Keeton after she walked and stole second to put the Oilers ahead 6-0.
The Oilers will be back in action on Tuesday March 15 at the Cube for a double hitter at 3 and 5 p.m. against Cedarville.