Wesleyan Softball began their first season under new head coach, Penny Siqueros, with a two game sweep against The University of the South on Sunday. The opening game was a battle as the Wolves fought back from a 3-0 deficit in the 2nd inning. Marilynn Nesmith scored the first run and Emily Stevenson scored the next two off of hits from Valarie Ellis, and Kassidy Hulett. With the game tied, Wesleyan would go on to outscore their opponent 3-1 to close out the win. Wesleyan prevailed 6-4 with more runs being scored by Nesmith, Ellis, and Jillian Crosby. Savanna Boyette also recorded an RBI while pitcher MacKenzie Hooker got the win, striking out 3 batters and only allowing 2 earned runs.
The second match up featured an offensive onslaught by Wesleyan. Stevenson scored 2 runs, had 2 hits and also walked twice while Brianna Collender went 2-3 with 2 RBI's. Yasnei Llavore, and Alicia Ramirez added 2 RBI's of their own as did and Ellis and Boyette. Crosby and Hulett both had 1 RBI a piece. The Wolves won in 5 innings by a score of 12-4. Also scoring runs were Ramirez, Collender, Llavore, Crosby, Hulett, Boyette, and Ashleigh Huckeba with Crosby, Hulett, and Huckeba all scoring twice. In addition to a strong offensive performane, Crosby was the winning pitcher. She struck out 3 batters and allowed just 1 earned run.
A notable antendee on Sunday was Wesleyan College's 25th President, Dr. Vivia Fowler, who has been an avid supporter of athletics.
Coach Siqueros had his to say about Sunday's results,
"Sunday's game started out with a strong 2019 first pitch from President Fowler! After that we backed ourselves a bit into a hole, yet our team remained very poised in inching our way back to assume the lead. Lots of great things happened on both sides of the lines. Knowing we are incredibly young, it's very exciting to know great things lie within us! It's time to rest for a few days then get back to work!"
Wesleyan will have ten days off before they host Fort Valley State for a double header on Wednesday, February 20th. Game times are at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM.