Orange, CA --- The WPI softball team handed Chapman (CA) its first loss of the season, splitting a doubleheader on the road with the Panthers on Saturday afternoon. The result lifts WPI to 4-6 overall, while Chapman's season mark now stands at 15-1.
Kelly Pritchard (Orange, CT) drove in three runs leading WPI to a 5-2 victory over previously undefeated Chapman in game one.
The Engineers got on the board quickly, starting the game with a lead off single from Sydney Russell (Arlington, VA). After a strikeout, Pritchard doubled through the left side to drive in Russell for a 1-0 lead. Shaina Lazarus (Thousand Oaks, CA) followed with a single and WPI had runners on second and third, but a pair of flyouts ended the frame.
WPI tacked on two more in the top of the third. Russell walked to open the inning and was sent to second on a sac bunt from Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA). Pritchard then sent a ball deep to center, allowing Russell to tag up and score from second, putting the Engineers up 2-0. Alicia Salvalzo (Hudson, NH) followed with a double to left center, scoring Lazarus for a 3-0 lead.
Chapman got on the board in the bottom of the third inning, picking up two runs on three hits to close the gap to 3-2. The Panthers loaded the bases with two outs, but Martin got the final batter of the frame to fly out to limit the damage.
The Engineers got one back in the top of the fourth to make it 4-2. Kallie Case (Arlington, VA) was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and was sent home on a Russell single for the fourth WPI run of the game.
WPI added an insurance run in the fifth as a two-out triple from Pritchard was sent home by Ambrosino to make it 5-2, where it stood after the final out.
Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) got the win for the Engineers, her third of the season. She threw all seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. For Chapman, Simi Lauwers (Mountain View, CA) suffered the loss, tossing 2.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Kelly McCarty (Boulder, CO) tossed 4.1 innings, giving up two runs off three hits.
Chapman capitalized on three WPI errors and a pair of wild pitches, scoring five unearned runs in an 8-6 victory in game two.
WPI opened the scoring in the top of the first, as Russell led off the game with a single through the right side, before Ambrosino reached on an error. A wild pitch then scored Russell, while Lazarus drove Ambrosino home on a single to left as the Engineers went up 2-0.
Chapman answered with three in the bottom of the frame, putting together a four-hit inning. A single from Annika Briski (Los Gatos, CA) drove in a pair of runs, while Emily Hayes (Monterey, Ca) singled to drive in the third run to make it 3-2.
WPI took a 4-3 lead with two runs in the top of the third. Pritchard singled, while Lazarus reached on an error, before Salvalzo singled to left to drive in both runners.
The Engineers increased their advantage in the top of the fifth, adding two runs on three hits. Case got the big hit in the frame, doubling to drive in Salvalzo, who singled, and Amelia Montgomery (Acushnet, MA), who pinch ran, to make it 6-3 WPI.
Chapman knotted the game at 6-6 with three runs in the bottom of the frame. The Panthers took advantage of a pair of WPI errors, also getting a double from Iliana Serna (Placentia, CA) for their third run of the frame.
Two more Chapman runs in the bottom of the sixth put the hosts up 8-6. Again aided by WPI errors, the Panthers scored two runs off wild pitches to lead by two after six.
In the top of the seventh, Salvalzo led off with a single to center, but Chapman's Jillian Kelly (Woodland Hills, CA) got the final three outs of the frame to preserve the win. Kelly threw seven innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits.
In the circle for WPI, Lazarus suffered the loss, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing eight runs, only three earned, on 12 hits. Sophia Togneri (Hudson, MA) tossed two thirds of an inning, striking out one and walking one.
Today's games closed WPI's spring break trip to California. The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, March 19 at home against Westfield State beginning at noon.