Section: Softball

Softball struggles, still searching for first conference victory

The Kenyon softball team continued to struggle in conference play this week. After falling to DePauw University in a double header on Saturday, the Owls were swept by the College of Wooster Fighting Scots.

Allison McCutchen ’26 got the start in the circle for game one. After a scoreless first inning for both teams, DePauw got on the board first with a second-inning RBI single. The Tigers added on three more runs in the next inning, capitalizing on a series of missteps. The Owls got two runs back thanks to RBI hits from Madison Buckwalter ’26 and Maddie Friday ’24, but the Tigers poured on six more runs over the final four innings to take the game 10-2.

 After a ceremony honoring the team’s five seniors, Kenyon got back to work. Unfortunately, game two was all Tigers all the way. Holding a 5-0 lead heading into the fifth inning, DePauw doubled its advantage thanks to a hit and a Kenyon error. Tigers’ pitcher Megan Asher, who earned NCAC Softball Pitcher of the Week honors, struck out six Owls batters and allowed just one hit. Though Kenyon scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, DePauw secured the sweep with a 10-2 run (mercy) rule win.

On Wednesday, the Owls got back on the diamond against the Fighting Scots. After Wooster scored two runs in the top of the second, Kenyon cut the deficit to one with a sacrifice fly and tied the game at 2-2 after an error. In the top of the fourth inning, the Fighting Scots strung together a pair of two-out hits to take a 4-2 lead. Kenyon got a run back in the bottom of the inning, but that would be all for the Owls. Wooster added six more runs to take the game 10-3.

In the second inning of game two, Ari Jalomo ’26 gave Kenyon its first lead of the NCAC season with her first collegiate home run. Wooster answered back with three runs in the top of the third inning and never looked back. Though Jalomo added to her RBI total with a two-RBI double in the fifth inning, the Fighting Scots won 8-3.

With their record sitting at 1-23 (0-6 NCAC), the Owls will next play on Sunday when they head to Columbus, Ohio, to play non-conference Capital University.


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