OWU softball splits weekend doubleheader


Senior second baseman Sophia Cegledy drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth and the Ohio Wesleyan softball team went on to defeat Wisconsin-River Falls 6-5 in non-conference play on Saturday in Clermont, Fla.

In Saturday’s first game, Cegledy singled in a run that brought the Bishops within 2-1, but 14th-ranked Tufts held on for the 3-1 win.

Trailing, 2-0, against Wisconsin-River Falls, the Bishops pushed across 3 runs after 2 were out in the third inning. Senior third baseman Alyssa Back and freshman outfielder Chameron Vanden Eynden, lined singles, and a 2-run double by junior outfielder Avery Panozzo and a run-scoring single by Cegledy gave Ohio Wesleyan the lead.

The Falcons retook the lead with bases-loaded walks to Johanna Breyen and Kelly Aultman in the fourth, and Aultman singled in a run in the fifth to make it a 5-3 game.

Ohio Wesleyan loaded the bases in the sixth on a walk to senior outfielder Rylie Moore, a single by freshman outfielder Rylea Gist and a walk by Back. Two runs scored on a throwing error by Falcon shortstop Kayla Dolan, and Cegledy’s bases-loaded walk later in the inning forced home Back with the go-ahead run.

Cegledy went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, and Vanden Eynden also was 2-for-3. Junior righthander Kaelyn Rodriguez, who came on in relief during the fourth inning and finished the game, was the winning pitcher.

Tufts took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Josie Steinberg and an RBI single by Kaitlyn Perucci.

The Bishops closed to within 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Cegledy singled in Panozzo, who had singled and moved to second on a fielding error on the play, then took third on a wild pitch.

The Jumbos added a run on the bottom of the inning when Keriann Slayton singled home Lauryn Horita.

Ohio Wesleyan got runners into scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings, but stranded runners on second and thrid in the fifth and a runner at second in the sixth.

Senior lefthander Katie Chittum pitched the complete game, striking out 3 and walking none.


Junior midfielder Joey Wiseman scored to bring Ohio Wesleyan within 12-11 during the final seconds of regulation time, but Hampden-Sydney withstood the Bishop comeback and held on for a 12-11. non-conference win on Saturday in Hampden-Sydney, Va.

The Tigers led, 10-7, heading into the fourth quarter and extended the lead with goals by Michael Leone and Ford Burke.

Junior defenseman Wes Silver started the Bishop comeback with a goal with 6:43 left in regulation time, and less than a minute later, senior midfielder Cooper Braet tallied an unassisted goal. Less than a minute after that, junior attacker Spencer Amacher rang up a goal courtesy of a feed from freshman midfielder Henry Ross to make it a 12-10 game with 5:20 to play.

Wiseman scored with :08 remaining to bring the Bishops within 12-11, but Hampden-Sydney won the ensuing face-off and ran out the clock.

Hampden-Sydney led, 4-2, after the first quarter as Ray O’Brien scored twice, but Wiseman opened the second-quarter scoring with a goal, and after Burke answered for the Tigers, freshman attacker Wade Beckstrom and Ross scored goals to even the game at 5.

Leone countered with a pair of goals just over a minute apart to give the hosts a 7-5 advantage heading into the intermission, and O’Brien had 2 more goals as the Tigers scored the first 3 goals of the third quarter to take a 10-5 lead.

Sophomore midfielder Garrett Smith and senior midfielder Henry Little brought the Bishops back to within 10-7 with goals just 35 seconds apart to close out the third quarter.

Ross led the Bishops with 2 goals and 2 assists, and Beckstrom and Wiseman finished with 2 goals apiece. Junior Nathan George made 3 saves during the fourth quarter while the Bishops were rallying and finished with 11 saves in 58-plus minutes. Sophomore Will White finished up in the Ohio Wesleyan goal.

OWU Sports Information contributed to this report.

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