By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor in Chief
The University of Michigan-Dearborn softball team continues to wreak havoc on the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
The Wolverines went 3-1 in two doubleheaders last weekend, sweeping Indiana Tech and splitting with Northwestern Ohio.
Holding tight to third place in the WHAC. UM-Dearborn improved to 20-18 and 10-4 in conference play.
UM-Dearborn needed late-game heroics in each of its wins over Indiana Tech Saturday; the Wolverines took the first game, 6-5, and the second, 6-3.
Indiana Tech jumped all over senior pitcher Kayla Goodwin in the first inning of the first game, plating five unearned runs. She rebounded to toss 5 1-3 innings of one hit ball, and got the win after a three-run fifth inning put the Wolverines on top.
UM-Dearborn’s offense started slowly in the second game, waiting until the fifth inning to plate its first run and the sixth inning for a four-run barrage.
Indiana Tech scored two runs off starter Abby Jewell in the sixth inning, but junior Alex Elwell pitched two perfect innings of relief to notch her second save of the day.
Jewell, a junior, went five innings and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks. She struck out two batters and got the win.
Junior Alexis Powell had a monster game at the plate against Indiana Tech. She combined for four hits, two runs, three RBI and one home run. Junior Val Bertani stayed hot, collecting a combined three hits, one run and two RBI.
UM-Dearborn returned home to host Northwestern Ohio Sunday. The Wolverines lost the first game, 5-4, before rebounding in the second game for a 4-2 win.
UM-Dearborn held a 3-1 lead entering the fifth inning, but Northwestern Ohio began to storm back, scoring two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The Wolverines scored one run in the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback bid.
Sophomore Taylor Moceri and Senior Jessie Thueme each collected two hits. Freshman Riley Miller drove in two while pinch hitting.
Goodwin pitched 4 1-3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks. Elwell was tabbed with the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) in 2 2-3 innings pitched.
Jewell’s complete game paced the Wolverines in the second game. She allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out seven while facing 27 batters. Freshman Kaylyn Roose went 1 for 3 with two RBI. Moceri collected two hits, while Bertani got one hit, scored one run and drove in one.
Senior Lindsay Taylor went 2 for 3.
UM-Dearborn hosts a doubleheader vs. Concordia Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The game is a makeup from March 29.