The Wells College softball team made its official return to varsity action for the first time since the conclusion of the 2014 season with a home doubleheader Thursday, March 23 at the Wells Turf Field. Medaille College came to Aurora and won the first game 16-1 and the second game 9-6.
Wells is 0-2 on its season. Medaille had already played 12 games on the year entering Thursday's event, and left with a 9-5 overall record. The Express returns to action Friday, March 24 with home games scheduled for 3:45 and 5:45 p.m. against Houghton College.
Medaille 16, Wells 1 (five innings)
The visiting Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Wells came back and scored a game-tying run in the bottom of the inning and the team's first run of the year on a RBI single up the middle by Sydney Cullen to bring home Naomi Kubo. Big innings for Medaille in the third and fifth helped them to the run-rule shortened victory.
Medaille 9, Wells 6
The second game of the doubleheader saw Medaille build an early lead before Wells came back to challenge for a victory. The Mustangs held on in the late innings.
Medaille led 6-0 after a five-run top of the third, but Wells answered with two runs in the bottom of the third highlighted by an RBI triple from Sydney Cullen and RBI single from Lizzie Monnat. Wells added a run in the fourth when Sammie Jones scored on a wild pitch. The Express added three runs in the fifth on RBI hits from Monnat and Baylee Pearce, and a sacrifice fly by Naomi Kubo.
Wells left the bases loaded in the fifth, and had two runners in scoring position in the sixth with no outs and didn't push a run across. Medaille added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to close out the victory.
The Express banged out 11 hits, led by a 4-for-4 performance from Lizzie Monnat. Pearce, Cullen, and Clara DiMino had two hits each. Pearce took the loss in the circle for Wells, and pitched a complete game.