Kenyon softball’s slump finally came to an end on Saturday as the Ladies swept Allegheny College to end their Senior Day on an upswing. On Monday, Kenyon lost a pair of games to Capital University (Columbus, Ohio), before splitting a doubleheader with conference fellows Hiram College on Tuesday.
The Ladies (16-21-1; NCAC 5-9-0) came into their Senior Day clash with Allegheny (7-19; 3-11) following a 10-game losing streak. The team’s five seniors looked to bounce back in the final stretch of the season. The first game started like many previous ones, with the Ladies giving up three runs in the first two innings.
This time the team rallied behind their seniors, as Jane Ghublikian ’16 doubled with the bases loaded and Madi Maldonado ’18 singled up the middle, each hit scoring two runs. Pitcher Austen Whibley ’19 maintained the Ladies’ 4-3 lead for the rest of the game to snap the team’s losing streak. Whibley’s complete-game win included six strikeouts and three earned runs on eight hits and three walks.
Kenyon won 3-2 in the second game of the Allegheny doubleheader. Whibley again impressed, allowing just two hits and no runs on 13 at bats.
On Monday the Ladies stumbled against Capital University (18-18). Kenyon lost the first game of a doubleheader 7-1. In the second game, they kept the score closer but still lost 8-5. Ghublikian impressed with two runs.
Kenyon traveled to Hiram (12-22; 6-6) on Tuesday and avoided another extended losing streak with a 10-3 win in the first game. The Ladies fell to a game-winning homerun in the second game, a 4-3 loss. The seniors continued their strong performances, with Danielle Elizarraraz ’16 going 3-3 with a run batted in and Ghublikian adding two hits.
The Ladies were happy to end their losing streak and win the games for their seniors.
“Ending the losing streak was super important because it helped us turn the corner and so we can finish the rest of the regular season games on a high note,” Masen Colucci ’19 said. “Even though we might not have had the outcome we wanted with this season, the seniors gave us the right mindset we need to continue.”
Thanks to a schedule of only doubleheaders, Kenyon has played six games in four days. The tough schedule may have contributed to the injuries that plagued the Ladies during their slump. Colucci, Britny Patterson ’19, Amanda Ogata ’19 and Emily Olson ’17 all remain sidelined as the season winds down.
“It’s really upsetting being injured to the point that I missed all of conference,” Patterson said. “But I’m so proud of my teammates and all the work they put in.”
The Ladies’ record now stands at 16-21-1 overall and 5-9 in the North Coast Athletic Conference; they travel to DePauw University (24-13; 14-0) for their final regular season games Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m.