Lee homer helps WC earn split at Wittenberg
Quakers take game two, 5-2
March 18, 2012
Jess Clutter raised her record to 4-4 with a complete-game win over Wittenberg.
SPRINGFIELD — Erika Lee’s three-run homer helped Wilmington College to a 5-2 game-two win and a Sunday afternoon split with Wittenberg University.
The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to win game one, 4-3.
The win snaps a five-game Wilmington losing streak and moves the Quakers to 7-9 on the season. Wittenberg heads into a new week at 10-5.
The Quakers played some of their best ball of the spring a day after stumbling to a home doubleheader loss to Spalding University.
“We just played with a lot more confidence today,” Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said. “Wittenberg has an outstanding team, so this win should tell our players that we can be a good team if we take this level of confidence to the diamond.”
Lee (Blanchester) drove in four runs in game two. The sophomore got the scoring under way with an RBI groundout in the first inning.
Kelsey Becker (Clarksville, Ind.) singled and scored on a Wittenberg error to give the Quakers a 2-0 lead in the second.
The Tigers got a run off Wilmington starter Jess Clutter (Englewood/Northmont) in the third, and the 2-1 lead held until the Quakers came to bat in the fifth — an inning that was all about two-out thunder.
After Wilmington’s first two batters were retired, Catlin Shilling (Waverly) singled and was moved to second by a base hit off the bat of Kerri Cunagin (Circleville/Teays Valley). Lee drilled a bases-clearing shot to left field that gave Wilmington a 5-1 lead.
Clutter gave up a run in the seventh, but held on to collect her fourth win of the season.
Shilling, Cunagin, Becker and Chelsea Morrow (South Vienna/Northeastern) had two hits apiece for the Quakers.
In the opener, Wilmington scored three times in the fourth inning and took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Like Wilmington was about to do in the nightcap, the Tigers scored a pair of two-out runs that proved to be the game winners.
Brooke Byrne (Wilmington) had two of the Quakers’ four hits.
Danielle Monnier (Houston) gave up three earned runs and was tagged with the loss. Monnier now has a 1.99 ERA while Clutter’s ERA stands at 2.81.