Quakers drop pair to Muskingum
Losses eliminate WC from tournament contention
April 26, 2012
Brooke Byrne hit a pair of doubles in Wilmington's doubleheader loss to Muskingum.
Wilmington College was on the wrong end of both ends of an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with Muskingum University at the WC Softball Complex Thursday afternoon.
The Muskies won the opener, 8-1, and finished the sweep with an 8-4 win in an eight-inning nightcap.
Wilmington is now 5-11 in the OAC, 16-22 overall. Muskingum improves to 9-7 in the conference, 20-16 for the season.
The losses eliminated Wilmington from the hunt for one of the four berths in the OAC Tournament in a season of undeniable improvement. The five conference victories are the most for Wilmington since beginning OAC play in 2001.
“The girls have done a great job of working hard and playing hard,” Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said. “It’s great to have had an opportunity to be playing for a chance to go to the tournament in the final week of the season. It’s the first time that Wilmington has been in this position. It says a lot about this team.”
In the opener, Wilmington scored an unearned in the first inning when Stacy Lunsford (Wilmington/Clinton-Massie) singled and came around on a Muskingum error.
Muskingum took the lead with two runs in the second inning, and played add-on with runs in the third and fifth innings to go up, 4-1.
The Muskies broke the game open with four runs in the seventh.
Kerri Cunagin (Circleville/Teays Valley) continued to swing the hottest bat on the team. The freshman designated player was 2-for-3.
Game two was scoreless until the Muskies plated three runs in the fourth inning.
Wilmington got on the board when Brooke Byrne (Wilmington) chased home a run with her team-leading 15th double of the season.
The Quakers scored three times in the sixth inning to tie the game at 4. The big shot of the inning was a two-run pinch-hit home run by Kaylee Cox (Prospect/Elgin). Byrne’s single brought Chelsea Morrow (South Vienna/Northeastern) home with the tying run.
Both teams threatened, but came up empty handed in the seventh inning. That was not the story of the eighth as Muskingum erupted for four runs on four hits.
Byrne, Morrow and Cunagin had two hits apiece. Cunagin raised her overall batting average to .388 and his hitting .400 in conference play.
The Quakers will close the season Saturday when Mount Union visits the Wilmington campus for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.