By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor

The UM-Dearborn softball team took a trip to Williamsburg, Kentucky, this week to take on the University of the Cumberlands Patriots in a non-conference set of games over the weekend.

The teams squared off in a doubleheader and split the games. The Patriots won the first game 10-1, but the Wolverines won the second game 5-2. This gives the Wolverines a very early record of 8-6 overall.

During the first game, the Wolverines struck first in the first inning when junior Rachel Dolland hit a fly ball to center field, scoring freshman Meaghan Markus from third base. This would be the only run for the Wolverines for the game as the Patriots scored 10 unanswered runs to win the game.

The Patriots scored six runs in the first inning, including a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. They went on to score two more runs in the second, and two more in the fourth innings. The game was over in five innings.

The Wolverines had five hits, a walk, and six strikeouts. Junior Julie St. John got into trouble early, giving up the six first inning runs and was replaced by sophomore Ashlynn Henderson. St. John gave up three hits including a homerun, and had three walks. Henderson gave up eight hits, and had two walks, and three strikeouts.

The second game once again saw an early run in the second inning by the Wolverines. It was scored by sophomore Kayla Laquiere on a throwing error by the second baseman.

In the third inning, the Wolverines got another run when senior Gina Verduzco flied out to center field, scoring freshman Megan Lohner. The Patriots got on the board with a run in the third inning, making it a 2-1 game advantage Wolverines.

In the fifth inning, the Wolverines got two more runs as Kayla Laquiere reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman, scoring junior Sarah Prashad and junior Riley Hison. This made the score 4-1 Wolverines.

In the sixth inning, Rachel Dolland hit a double, scoring junior Rachel Clem. The Wolverines now had a 5-1 lead. The Patriots did manage to score one more time in the seventh inning, making the final score 5-2 Wolverines.

The Wolverines had eight hits, a walk, and a strikeout. Freshman Kaylie McConnell got the win with only giving up four hits. She also had seven walks, and two strikeouts.

The Wolverines will now travel to Sylvania, Ohio, as they begin the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play against Lourdes University on March 28 in a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. Next they will travel on March 31 to take on Cornerstone University in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

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