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Botsch Strikes Out Career High as Wilmington Softball Sweeps Goldey-Beacom, 3-2 and 8-0, in Crosstown Matchup

Botsch Strikes Out Career High as Wilmington Softball Sweeps Goldey-Beacom, 3-2 and 8-0, in Crosstown Matchup

Senior Chelsea Botsch went 6.1 hitless innings to lead the Wilmington University softball team to a game one victory before eight runs in the final two innings gave the Wildcats the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference sweep over crosstown rival Goldey-Beacom on Thursday at Asbury Field.

The sweep is the second of the season in CACC play for the Wildcats (14-11, 5-5 CACC) as Botsch held the Lightning (1-12-1, 1-9 CACC) as the visitors had the go-ahead run on second as the first game ended. After a quick 4.5 innings in game two, the Wildcats put a quick eight runs to win in six innings.

The Wildcats got on the board quickly in the first game, as Colby Wyatt knocked in Cambria Ziemba with two-out singles in the bottom of the first and third innings for the 2-0 lead.

Three straight infield singles to load the bases with one out in the fourth before Kelsey Doherty gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead with an RBI fielder's choice.

Botsch struck out a pair in the fifth to keep the Lightning off the board but the visitors were able to strike in the sixth on a Wilmington error. With a runner on first, a failed pickoff attempt at first went all the way to the wall in right field, allowing the runner to come home to close to within 3-1 without recording a hit.

Botsch struck out the first batter in the seventh but the Lightning ended the no-hitter with back-to-back doubles, drawing the Lightning to within 3-2. Another single put the go-ahead run on base before Botsch earned her career best 13th strikeout of the game to end the contest, 3-2.

After a scoreless 4.5 innings in the nightcap, the Wildcats received a leadoff double to the gap in right center from Jen Fischbach to start a rally. Ashley Bennett drove in the game's first run, lining one inside the third base bag and into left field to score pinch runner Danielle Bradley for the 1-0 lead.

Now with two outs, the inning continued on a Goldey-Beacom error to allow Katrina Swank to score on a wild pitch. Kaitlyn Slater than added the third and fourth runs in the inning by launching a home run to right center for the 4-0 lead.

Lachette set the Lightning down in order in the top of the sixth before the Wildcats bats were at it again. The first two batters reached for the Wildcats before Keara McCarthy drove in a run with her first collegiate hit, a double down the left field line. Bennett followed with another double to center field to score McCarthy before Swank singled inside the third base bag for another RBI and the 7-0 lead. Doherty ended the game with another double in the inning, this time going to right center to score Swank to force the eight-run rule.

Lachetter struck out eight to improve to 5-4 on the season while Botsch improved to 6-5 with the complete game win in the opener.

Wyatt went 3-for-3 with two RBI in the first game while Bennett went 3-for-3 with two RBI in game two. Ziemba and Brantley added two hits each in the first game as well.

The Wildcats remain in CACC play to end their week, hosting Nyack on Saturday at Asbury Field. The first pitch of the opener is scheduled for 1 p.m.