This past weekend, the Wilson College softball team went 1-2 to finish 3rd in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship tournament.
The Phoenix started their NEAC tournament action Saturday morning, with a come from behind, extra-innings, 5-4 victory over SUNY Institute of Technology (IT). SUNY IT batted in early runs, and Wilson found themselves facing a three run deficit going into the bottom of the sixth inning. However, the Phoenix were able to score three runs to tie the game 4-4, with RBIs from Faith Ricker (Hagerstown, MD/ North Hagerstown) , Maggie Sipps (Philadelphia, Pa./ Little Flower), and Nicole Musser (Middletown, Va./ Sherando). Both teams were unable to score in the seven, sending the game into extra innings. In the eighth inning, Wilson secured the victory from a walk-off single by NEAC South Division Player of the Year Tara Fields (Berryville, Va./ Clark County). On the mound, Leigh Roche (Hanover, Pa./ New Oxford) recorded four strikeouts, allowing only four hits, and three earned runs.
On Sunday, Wilson was defeated 3-4 by the number one seed in the North Division, Keuka College. Wilson started the game strong, scoring two runs in the first inning. However, by the top of the seventh inning, the Phoenix were down by one run. With the bases loaded, Megan Schneck (Bethel, Pa./ Tulpehocken), hit up the first base line and was called out in a foot race with the first baseman. Musser pitched six innings, picking up ten strikeouts, allowing only six hits, and two earned runs.
Wilson faced SUNY IT again for the chance to get the championship game, however, suffered a 7-4 loss from the Wildcats, eliminating the Phoenix from the tournament. SUNY IT started the game batting in four runs in the first inning, and then adding a run in the second, fourth, and fifth innings. Wilson scored runs in the second, fourth, and sixth innings, but was unable to convert in the seventh to tie the game up. Sipps was perfect at the plate going 3-3 for the game with three RBIs. Roche and Musser split time on the mound for the Phoenix, combining for 4 strikeouts.
The Phoenix are set to host Neumann University for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South softball championships on May 9th at 4:00 p.m. The winner of the game will play in the ECAC Division III South final four tournament, May 12th and 13th.