FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team closed the book on the 2018 regular season on Monday (Apr. 30) afternoon, hosting Wilmington College at Behrens Field.
The Grizzlies (26-9) closed out the season in dominant fashion, sweeping the Quakers (13-21). The wins helped Franklin match the most wins in a season in program history, a mark set by last year's team.
Game One: Franklin 5 – Wilmington 0
Weber got the Grizzlies on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-out RBI single that scored Lexi Gaffney. Two scoreless frames from the FC offense would follow before Danielle Wyse doubled the Franklin lead with a lead-off home run in the fourth inning. Later in the frame, Monica Collins added to the lead with a run-scoring single.
Wyse doubled her RBI total in the fifth, sneaking a ground ball into left field and bringing pinch-runner Samantha Cain home from second. Collins put the finishing touches on the scoring with an RBI single in the sixth.
All of it was in support of freshman Alisha Burch (1-0), who held the Quakers to just two hits over four innings of work on her way to her first career win in her first career start. Kayla Selzer gave up two hits over the final three innings, earning her first save of the season.
Game Two: Franklin 9 – Wilmington 1 (5 inn.)
The night cap started the same way as the opener: with a Natalie Weber RBI. The freshman catcher laced a triple into the right center field gap, scoring Alexis Tarver. One inning later, Franklin padded their lead thanks to an RBI double from Cain and an RBI infield single from Tarver. Cain would score on a wild pitch later in the inning to extend the lead to 4-0.
Wilmington plated their first run of the day on a wild pitch in the third inning, but the Grizzlies would respond in kind with two more runs in their half of the inning. With two outs and runners on the corners, Cain laced a single into left for her second RBI hit of the day. Later in the inning, Tarver drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Lauren Huebler.
Cain and Grace Paszek brought runs home with singles in the fourth. Kimmie Kuehr would bring the contest to an end in the bottom of the fifth with a pinch-hit RBI single, scoring pinch runner Tyralee Frye.
Olivia Paszek scattered five hits, walked one a struck out three, giving her a league-leading 16 wins on the year.
Franklin now turns their attention to the 2018 HCAC Softball Championships, which take place May 4-6 in Lexington, Ky. The number two-seed in the tournament, Franklin will open tournament play on Friday afternoon against Mount St. Joseph. First pitch is set for noon.