Softball : Softball Splits Season Opener at Mary Washington

Jonik getting ready to swing the ball.
Jonik getting ready to swing the ball.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. Senior Sarahrose Jonik (Glenmore, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) recorded her 100th career hit and the Gettysburg College (1-1) softball team opened its 2020 campaign with a split at non-conference opponent the University of Mary Washington on Saturday. The Bullets claimed the opener by a whopping 17-10 and fell 6-5 in the nightcap.

Top Performances – Gettysburg (Game One)
Shelby Baker ’21 (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) – 4-for-4 from the plate, 4 RBI, 3 runs, homer, double
Sarahrose Jonik ’20 (Glenmore, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) – 4-for-5 from the plate, 4 runs, and RBI, double
Olivia Moser ’23 – (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville) – 2-for-3 from the plate, 3 RBI, one run, homer
Jess Campana ’23 – (Brick, N.J./Saint John Vianney) – 2-for-5 from the plate, 3 RBI, two runs

Game Two
Baker – 2-for-3 from the plate, 3 RBI, one run
Kyleigh Dinnien ’22 (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) – 2-for-3 from the plate, one run

Top Performances – Mary Washington (Game One)
-Danielle Newman – 2-for-5 from the plate, 3 RBI, one run
-Maggie Mrowka – 3-for-5 from the plate, 2 RBI, two runs
-Hadlea Valera – 3 RBI

Game Two
-Hadlea Valera – 3-for-4 from the plate, 5 RBI, one run
-Grace Drury – 3-for-3 from the plate, one run

How It Happened…

  • Game One
  • The Eagles jumped to an early 2-0 lead as Hannah Bruns led off with a walk and moved to third on a double from Maggie Mrowka. Both advanced on a wild pitch, and Mrowka scored on a sacrifice fly from Caroline Bird.
  • Baker scored Gettysburg’s first run in the second and tacked on four more in the third. A Campana RBI single, a sacrifice fly by Emily Colline (Bridgewater, N.J./Immaculata), and Baker’s two-run homer increased the Bullets lead 5-2 in the third inning.
  • Senior Liz Cowell (Verona, N.J./Mount Saint Dominic) opened the fourth by reaching to first on an error by the shortstop. The Bullets then recorded two outs, but then Jonik doubled to center field, allowing Cowell to score the unearned run. The Orange and Blue belted another double, this time from senior Rachel Julie (Elmsford, N.Y./Briarcliff), bringing Jonik in for the seventh run.
  • A three-run home run by Danielle Newman brought the hosts within two in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Gettysburg tallied another run off a sacrifice fly by Cowell, allowing junior Colline to score the eighth run in the top of the fifth.
  • The Eagles tied it up 8-all in the bottom of the fifth as Hadlea Valera notched a three RBI double to left center.
  • The Bullets continued to pound the ball in the sixth inning, scoring an inning high five. A RBI single by Campana, a RBI single by Baker, a sacrifice fly by Moser, and a RBI single by freshman Abby Seiple (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) added to the scoreboard to make it 13-8.
  • Jonik opened the seventh inning with a single to center field and advanced to second on a groundout by Julie. A double to center field by Colline brought in Jonik and a single to center field by Baker allowed Colline to score the 14th and 15th run, respectively. Gettysburg capped the scoring in epic fashion, by Moser blasting her first career two-run dinger.
  • UMW added its final pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Mrowka two-run double.
  • Game Two
  • In the nightcap, the Eagles took a 2-0 lead after scoring a run in the bottom of the second and third.
  • Campana opened the top of the fourth with a single to right field and advanced to second on a ground out by Colline on the next at-bat. Baker then accumulated her second home run of the day to knot the game up at 2-2.
  • The hosts pushed its lead to four off a two RBI single from Hadlea Valera in the bottom of the fourth.
  • The bottom of the sixth produced two more runs for the Eagles as Valera homered to left field, making it 6-2.
  • Looking to register a comeback in the final inning, Dinnien opened with a single to center field, which followed by a RBI double to Jonik, and a RBI single by Julie to sliced the deficit to two (6-4). A RBI single by Baker drove home Campana for the fifth run, but the comeback fell just short in game two.

By the Numbers

  • Last season against Mary Washington, the Bullets ironically scored 17 runs in the opener. The most runs Gettysburg compiled last season was 18 at Shenandoah University.
  • Gettysburg logged in 20 hits, 16 RBI, 17 runs, while four players registered doubles, Jonik, Julie, Colline, and Baker in the opener, and 10 hits, five RBI, and five runs occurred in game two.
  • Baker tallied her 10th career home run, while Moser collected her first.
  • Jonik notched her 100th career hit in the opening game. She accomplished the feat in her 110th game in a Bullets uniform.

Where the Series Stands
Gettysburg and Mary Washington hold a 4-4 all-time series record with the first-ever meeting occurring in 2016.

Next Up
Gettysburg travels to Winchester, Va. to face non-conference opponent Shenandoah University on Tuesday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m.
This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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