DuBois, Penn. – The W softball team ends its season in the fourth round of the USCAA Small College World Series on Wednesday, May 16. The Owls battled hard against the No. 4 seeded NHTI but they were unable to overcome the fatigue of a long week. The Owls fell 3-2 after a NHTI seventh-inning rally.
Taking her first World Series loss on the mound, senior pitcher Cara Hopper entered the game in the third inning to relieve starting pitcher Ciara Steward. In her fourth appearance of the week, Hopper pitched 5.0 innings for six strikeouts, two earned runs, and three hits against.
At the plate, Kandler Flora and Carolyn "Kendall" Wilkinson were credited with an RBI each while Anna Lloyd, Heidi Matthews, Kristen Martin, Brianna Duquette, and Makayla Taylor bats connected for a single hit each.
Matthews, junior second baseman, scored the Owls first run of the game on an error by the NHTI second baseman in the first inning.
The W held a 1-0 lead over the Lynx until the sixth when they were able to extended the lead 2-0. Martin, junior centerfielder scored the Owls second run on another error by the second baseman.
In the seventh inning, a couple of walks placed NHTI runners on first and second and a double allowed them to score to tie the game.
The Lynx secured the win and broke the tie with a run on a second double to defeat the Owls 3-2.
Coach Tat Matthew's Thoughts
"We played really well. Ciara started strong for us and once again Cara came in and led like a senior should. She had 29 strikeouts over 18.1 innings pitched over our three days in the tournament. We hit the ball well but in the end, we just didn't do the little things and NHIT was able to capitalize on that. We played great softball today. We played great softball all year.
"This season was more than I ever imagined it would be when I started this journey in November of 2016. We have had some tough losses and we have had some amazing wins. The group of young women who put on this uniform all season is a group I will never forget. This team of 18 will hold a special place in my heart. They have laid a steady foundation for what will be Owls Softball in the future. Now we start the road to next season and work on things we learned in year one. I cannot wait until August when we get to start the next journey. I am and have always been proud and honored to be their coach."
The Owls conclude the 2018 season 21-19 and fifth in the USCAA Small College World Series.