NEW CASTLE, Del. - - The Wilmington University softball team out-slugged Holy Family in the first game of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader, 8-5, before game two was postponed in the top of the first due to rain at Asbury Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Wildcats (16-10, 4-2 CACC) put two crooked numbers on the board and that was enough to tame the Tigers (1-20, 0-7 CACC) as they had the bases loaded as the game ended. The Wildcats scored three in the first and four in the fourth to earn the CACC victory.
After the Tigers opened the scoring in the top of the first with a run, the Wildcats quickly responded. With two outs and Alyssa Velasquez on second, Annie Davila remained red hot and doubled over the head of the left fielder to tie the game, 1-1. Mirabella Klebart walked to keep the inning alive and Lexi Baughman doubled to the gap in right center to chase two runs home for the 3-1 lead.
The Wildcats threatened again in the second but could only get one run on the board. Velasquez doubled to left field, chasing Olivia Carbone home for the 4-1 lead. But a popped up bunt turned into a double play to end the threat.
Holy Family got two runs back in the top of the third on a long home run to left by Taylor Favinger, but the Wildcats again answered in the bottom of the fourth.
Velazquez brought in an unearned run with a grounder in the fourth and Lauren Lopez kept the inning alive with a single to left. Davila was hit by a pitch and Mirabella Klebart made the Tigers pay with a three-run homer to dead center to put the Wildcats on top, 8-3.
Another Tiger home run brought the visitors to within 8-5 with no outs in the top of the sixth, but starter Caitlyn Whiteside set the next three batters down to keep the score.
Holy Family threatened in the seventh, putting two of their first three batters on base. But Kelsey Marigliano fouled off a pitch but was called out for stepping out of the box for the second out and Olivia Nolan popped up in the infield with the bases loaded to end the game.
Whiteside improved to 8-4 on the year by pitching all seven innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits. Rosa'Lynn Burton, Davila, and Carbone all finished with two hits for the Wildcats while Klebart led the team with three RBI.
The Wildcats head across town for their next CACC doubleheader, as they go to Goldey-Beacom on Thursday. The first pitch is set for 2:30 p.m.