By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor

The UM-Dearborn women’s softball team opened the 2018 season in South Carolina with a win against the University of South Carolina-Beaufort Sand Sharks.

This was the first game of a doubleheader against the Sand Sharks with the Wolverines winning the game 2-1. The Wolverines got runs from junior Sarah Prashad and senior Jordan Ewald. The Wolverines combined for four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Senior pitcher Gina Verduzco only allowed seven hits, two walks, and had two strikeouts.

The second game against the Sand Sharks the Wolverines lost 8-1. The lone run scored for the Wolverines was by Prashad on a throwing error. The Wolverines as a team had six hits, a walk, and nine strikeouts. The Wolverine pitchers gave up nine hits, five walks, and three strikeouts. This gave the Wolverines a record of 1-1 after their first day.

The Wolverines traveled to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to take part in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic. They first took on the No. 5 Brenau University Tigers in a doubleheader.

The Wolverines did not fare well against the Tigers.

The Wolverines lost the first game 9-1 and the second 6-0. The lone run for the Wolverines was scored by sophomore Olivia Cottom in the first game.

The Wolverines had 10 hits, two strikeouts, and a walk in the first game. Verduzco led the Wolverine pitchers with three strikeouts and only allowed five hits. Sophomore Ashlynn Henderson pitched 1.1 innings and gave up four hits.

The second game the Wolverines had two hits, two strikeouts, and a walk. The Wolverine pitchers combined for six hits, three walks, and a strikeout. This gave the Wolverines a 1-3 record.

On day two of the Fastpitch Dreams Classic, the Wolverines took on Grove City College and won 11-2 after giving up two early runs. The Wolverines got runs from freshman Kaylie McConnell (3), senior Riley Miller (2), Preshad, senior Ellie Kauten, junior Rachel Clem, and freshman Megan Lohner.

The Wolverines had 12 hits, seven walks, and four strikeouts. Sophomore Samantha Torongeau pitched well and got her first win of the season–only getting five strikeouts, and allowing three hits.

The second game of the day was against Ferrum College and the Wolverines lost 4-1, dropping them to 2-4. The lone run against Ferrum was scored by junior Riley Hison in the seventh inning. The Wolverines as a team combined for six hits and 11 strikeouts. The Wolverine pitchers allowed 12 hits, two walks, and a strikeout.

The next day the Wolverines had another crack at the Ferrum and lost 8-3. This dropped the team to a 2-5 record overall.

The Wolverines got runs from McConnell, Clem, and junior Rachel Dollard. The team had five hits, four walks, and two strikeouts. The Wolverine pitchers led by Verduzco allowed eight hits, six walks, and had two strikeouts.

The Wolverines were looking for the beginning of March to turn it around and it delivered in a big way for them.

The Wolverines opened up play in March with a double header on March 2 by taking on the State University College of Technology at Delhi Broncos. The Wolverines dominated both games winning the first 13-0 and the second game 11-2.

In the first game the Wolverines got runs from Prashad, Verduzco (2), Clem (2), freshman Meaghan Marcus, Dollard, Hison, sophomore Alyssa Van Scoy, Miller, and junior Julie St. John. As a team the Wolverines had 16 hits and three strikeouts. Verduzco pitched a perfect five innings getting 11 strikeouts and only allowing a walk.

In the second game the Wolverines got runs from Hison (2), McConnell (2), Cottom (2). Clem (2), Lohner, Torongeau, and Miller. As a team the Wolverines had 13 hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. The Wolverine pitchers only allowed four hits and struck out six batters. These wins gave the Wolverines a 4-5 record.

The final game had the Wolverines take on Penn State University Schuylkill. The Wolverines dominated the game and won 19-2 giving them a 5-5 record.

The Wolverines had a plethora of runs from sophomore Kayla Laquiere (3), Marcus (2), Preshad (2), Ewald (2), Verduzco (2), McConnell, Clem, Dollard, Scoy, Hison, Henderson, Kauten, and sophomore Amy Jarrett. As a team, the Wolverines racked up 20 hits, five walks, and only struck out once.

Strong pitching performances by Verduzco and Torongeau only allowed two hits, and five walks. They also struck out nine batters.

The Wolverines wait until March 9 as they will travel to Upland, Indiana to take on Taylor University and Asbury University.

The UM-Dearborn women’s softball team opened the 2018 season in South Carolina with a win against the University of South Carolina-Beaufort Sand Sharks.

This was the first game of a doubleheader against the Sand Sharks with the Wolverines winning the game 2-1. The Wolverines got runs from junior Sarah Prashad and senior Jordan Ewald. The Wolverines combined for four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Senior pitcher Gina Verduzco only allowed seven hits, two walks, and had two strikeouts.

The second game against the Sand Sharks the Wolverines lost 8-1. The lone run scored for the Wolverines was by Prashad on a throwing error. The Wolverines as a team had six hits, a walk, and nine strikeouts. The Wolverine pitchers gave up nine hits, five walks, and three strikeouts. This gave the Wolverines a record of 1-1 after their first day.

The Wolverines traveled to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to take part in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic. They first took on the No. 5 Brenau University Tigers in a doubleheader.

The Wolverines did not fare well against the Tigers.

The Wolverines lost the first game 9-1 and the second 6-0. The lone run for the Wolverines was scored by sophomore Olivia Cottom in the first game.

The Wolverines had 10 hits, two strikeouts, and a walk in the first game. Verduzco led the Wolverine pitchers with three strikeouts and only allowed five hits. Sophomore Ashlynn Henderson pitched 1.1 innings and gave up four hits.

The second game the Wolverines had two hits, two strikeouts, and a walk. The Wolverine pitchers combined for six hits, three walks, and a strikeout. This gave the Wolverines a 1-3 record.

On day two of the Fastpitch Dreams Classic, the Wolverines took on Grove City College and won 11-2 after giving up two early runs. The Wolverines got runs from freshman Kaylie McConnell (3), senior Riley Miller (2), Preshad, senior Ellie Kauten, junior Rachel Clem, and freshman Megan Lohner.

The Wolverines had 12 hits, seven walks, and four strikeouts. Sophomore Samantha Torongeau pitched well and got her first win of the season–only getting five strikeouts, and allowing three hits.

The second game of the day was against Ferrum College and the Wolverines lost 4-1, dropping them to 2-4. The lone run against Ferrum was scored by junior Riley Hison in the seventh inning. The Wolverines as a team combined for six hits and 11 strikeouts. The Wolverine pitchers allowed 12 hits, two walks, and a strikeout.

The next day the Wolverines had another crack at the Ferrum and lost 8-3. This dropped the team to a 2-5 record overall.

The Wolverines got runs from McConnell, Clem, and junior Rachel Dollard. The team had five hits, four walks, and two strikeouts. The Wolverine pitchers led by Verduzco allowed eight hits, six walks, and had two strikeouts.

The Wolverines were looking for the beginning of March to turn it around and it delivered in a big way for them.

The Wolverines opened up play in March with a double header on March 2 by taking on the State University College of Technology at Delhi Broncos. The Wolverines dominated both games winning the first 13-0 and the second game 11-2.

In the first game the Wolverines got runs from Prashad, Verduzco (2), Clem (2), freshman Meaghan Marcus, Dollard, Hison, sophomore Alyssa Van Scoy, Miller, and junior Julie St. John. As a team the Wolverines had 16 hits and three strikeouts. Verduzco pitched a perfect five innings getting 11 strikeouts and only allowing a walk.

In the second game the Wolverines got runs from Hison (2), McConnell (2), Cottom (2). Clem (2), Lohner, Torongeau, and Miller. As a team the Wolverines had 13 hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. The Wolverine pitchers only allowed four hits and struck out six batters. These wins gave the Wolverines a 4-5 record.

The final game had the Wolverines take on Penn State University Schuylkill. The Wolverines dominated the game and won 19-2 giving them a 5-5 record.

The Wolverines had a plethora of runs from sophomore Kayla Laquiere (3), Marcus (2), Preshad (2), Ewald (2), Verduzco (2), McConnell, Clem, Dollard, Scoy, Hison, Henderson, Kauten, and sophomore Amy Jarrett. As a team, the Wolverines racked up 20 hits, five walks, and only struck out once.

Strong pitching performances by Verduzco and Torongeau only allowed two hits, and five walks. They also struck out nine batters.

The Wolverines wait until March 9 as they will travel to Upland, Indiana to take on Taylor University and Asbury University.