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Softball Travels to Mount St. Joseph Thursday

Softball Travels to Mount St. Joseph Thursday


Story by Eli Altherr

CINCINNATI, Ohio- The Wilmington College softball team will travel to Cincinnati to take on Mount Saint Joseph University (MSJ) in a doubleheader on March 22, 2018. The first game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

The Teams: Wilmington is currently on a four-game winning streak and will try to build off momentum from its impressive 6-2 start. Mount Saint Joseph have won two consecutive games and are off to a great 8-4 start. MSJ is playing on their home field for the first time this season.

Coaches: Beth Floyd is in her 11th season as head coach of Wilmington and is the winningest softball coach in school history. She is also an Associate Director of Athletics. Beth Goderwis is the head coach for Mount Saint Joseph and is in her 17th season. She is also the Intramural Sports Director.

Hitters to Watch: Sawyer Hooper has had a great start to the season for the Quakers. She is batting the highest batting average at .467. Not far behind is Allison Pierce, who is batting an impressive .450. Jillia Cook has 10 hits and a batting average of .417. Savannah Hooper leads the Quakers with 11 runs, while batting a .400 clip. Savannah Sturgill has impressed for MSJ with 13 RBI's and has the highest batting percentage at .410. Gracie Woodyard is also batting a high percentage at .389 and has 14 hits for the Lions. Alehia Tucker has a team-high 17 runs and is batting .333 for Mount Saint Joseph.

Pitchers to Watch: Beth Persicano has 18 strikeouts and a 3.99 ERA for Wilmington. Freshman Grace Shell has also been very impressive for the Quakers with 19 strikeouts and a 2.15 ERA. She was recently named OAC Softball Pitcher of the Week. Freshman Sarah Miller has played well so far for MSJ with 35 strikeouts and a 2.98 ERA. Junior Brianna Kauf has a 3.94 ERA on the season for the Lions.

History: Wilmington is 9-5 since 2009 against MSJ. Wilmington won last time these two teams battled on April 2, 2017.

Coverage: Live statistics will be provided for both games - visit the link above.

Social Media: Stay updated with Wilmington College and their athletics on Twitter (@DubCQuakers), Instagram ( @DubCQuakers), and Facebook ( Wilmington College Athletics).

Up Next: Wilmington opens Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play by hosting Muskingum University for a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.