• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway softball sweeps Carlow in RSC matchup

TIFFANY WICKLINE, a senior on the Midway University softball team, had a perfect game going into the fifth inning of the game against Carlow University on Saturday, April 1, before allowing a hit. In all, she pitched seven innings and had 10 strikeouts to help her team to a 6-0 win. (Photo courtesy Midway Athletics)

The Midway University softball team returned to action on Saturday, April 1, and hosted Carlow (Pa.) in a River States Conference doubleheader at William G. Clark Memorial Field. The Eagles, who are 10-12 on the season and 4-2 in RSC play, got the best of the Celtics, as they swept the doubleheader, winning the first game, 6-0, and the second game, 4-3. In the first game, the Eagles got a strong pitching performance from senior Tiffany Wickline, as well as some timely hitting from junior Kelsey Gravens. The Eagles scored two runs in the second, one in the fourth and three in the sixth to get the 6-0 victory. Wickline was putting together her best outing of the season, as she took a perfect game into the bottom of the fifth inning. Then with one out, the Celtics ruined the chances of a perfect game with a one-out single. Leading the way at the plate offensively for the Eagles was Gravens, who went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and one run scored. Wickline helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly, while senior Gabby Bruner went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Junior Carly Benz also scored three runs. With a 6-0 lead behind her, Wickline got the Celtics out in order in the seventh to seal the win. In all, Wickline had a season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in a complete game shutout. In the nightcap, the Eagles scored two runs in the second and fifth innings, while they allowed three unearned runs in the top of the sixth, as they held off the Celtics for the win. Offensively, Benz led the way going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Wickline added an RBI single. Juniors Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman, Lynsie Clark and Gravens scored one run each. Sophomore Abby Flaig was pulled for freshman Emily McGlothin to start the sixth inning and allowed three unearned runs in the inning, but Midway still held a 4-3 lead heading to the seventh. Wickline took to the circle to close the out the game in the seventh inning, and got the Celtics out in order with a strikeout, a ground-out and a pop-up to seal the 4-3 victory. Wickline was rewarded with her first save of the season, while Flaig got the win and moved to 2-2 on the season after pitching five innings and allowing just four hits. The Eagles now hit the road this weekend for two games in Rio Grande, Ohio, and two more in Montgomery, W.Va. They are scheduled to take on Rio Grande (Ohio) on Friday, April 7, and then play at West Virginia Tech on Saturday, April 8. The Eagles then return home on Wednesday, April 12, when they host Cumberlands (Ky.) at 4 p.m. Baseball The Midway University baseball team got a pair of walk-off hits to sweep the opening doubleheader over West Virginia Tech in River States Conference games on Saturday, April 1, at Chandler Field. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Eagles, who are 18-13 overall this season and 15-3 in RSC play, trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. But, Midway got a two-run, walk-off home run by senior Hector Quinones to propel the Eagles to a 2-1 victory. Then in the nightcap, the game turned into a classic pitchers’ duel until the bottom of the seventh when the Eagles pulled off some late inning magic again. With the game scoreless in the final half inning, Midway got a walk-off single from junior Carlos Cespedes to get the 1-0 win. In the opener of the doubleheader, Midway got a strong start from junior Chase Heslep and a scoreless relief inning from junior Conner Lindsay. Heslep was pulled for Lindsay to start the seventh. The Golden Bears then got runners to second and third, but Lindsay got a ground out to end the threat. The Eagles entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 1-0. The Golden Bears made a pitching change with one out in the inning. Then, after the new pitcher walked the first batter he faced, Quinones stepped to the plate and unloaded on a 2-0 pitch and sent it over the left field fence for a two-run, walk-off home run. Taking home the win for Midway was Lindsay, as he allowed two hits in his one inning of work. Heslep got the no decision after allowing one run on four hits in six innings. The junior also stuck out three batters. The nightcap turned out to be a pitchers’ duel. Starting for Midway was junior James Davenport, who struck out the side in the first inning, but then ran into some trouble in the second, as he allowed two base runners. However, his defense turned a double play. With a lack of offense, the Eagles were able to score a run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Quinones reached on a walk and after a passed ball he moved to second. Then the Golden Bears intentionally walked junior Barrett Croslin to set up the double play. With Cespedes at the plate, Midway head coach Luther Bramblett put on the double steal sign as Cespedes sent a single between the shortstop and third baseman to score Quinones and give the Eagles a 1-0 win and sweep the doubleheader. Taking home the win for Midway was Davenport, who moved to 4-0 on the season after striking out a career-high 12 batters, while allowing just two hits in seven innings. The Eagles return to action on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, when they host Asbury (Ky.). The first game is scheduled to begin on Friday at 4 p.m., and the second game is on Saturday at 1 p.m. (Information courtesy of Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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