Wilmington University prevails in extra innings to sweep West Chester

Wilmington starts the scoring in the second inning

Tuesday’s game started with the pitching making quick work of the opposing lineups, but it would not stay that way for long.

In the second inning, the Wildcats would get the scoring started as they pushed in the first run of the game.

The first base runner in the bottom of the second inning came from WilmU’s Sara Miller, who hit a single to the right field. Miller would follow that up by stealing second base. She would also advance to third base on a wild pitch.

Gabbie Saucedo would be the next batter up, as she earned a walk. On the next play, Saucedo would steal second base, and Miller would score on an error from West Chester’s second baseman, to give Wilmington a 1-0 lead.

After a quiet top of the third inning for West Chester, the Wildcats would continue to add to their lead in the bottom of the inning.

Wilmington would have two hits in the inning, including when Lexi Moore singled to the shortstop, which had West Chester’s shortstop misplay the ball on a throwing error to allow sophomore outfielder Taylor Gillis to score to push WilmU’s lead to 2-0.

WilmU continues to add to their lead in the fifth and sixth innings

The fourth inning would be silent as neither lineup could get anything going on the bases.

Wilmington’s offense would come back in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Lexi Moore hit RBI single to expand the team’s lead to 3-0.

After throwing five shutout innings, the Wildcats starting pitcher Kylee Gunkel would give up her first run of the game in the sixth.

The Golden Rams Emily Kim would hit an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 3-1.

WilmU would answer back in the bottom of the sixth inning by Kiersten Comer hitting her own RBI single to extend the lead to 4-1.


West Chester ties the game up at four runs

The Golden Rams’ bats continued to warm up as the team would tie the game up in the top of the seventh inning.

West Chester’s Alexa Peterson would get the ball rolling in the inning as she hit a two-run homer to trim the lead to 4-3. Three batters later, Grace Aguilar would hit an RBI single to tie the game up at four runs.

After the tying run scored, Wilmington’s Kylee Gunkel’s day would be done as she would exit by giving up ten hits, four runs, four earned runs, two walks, one home run, and five strikeouts.

Molly Dill would come in for Gunkel as she would get a batter to strike out, and ground out in the rest of the seventh inning.

The Wildcats could not score in the seventh inning, which meant extra innings would be needed to get a winner for this game.

Wilmington wins 6-5!

West Chester would strike first in extra innings, as Haleigh Karcher would ground to first base, which allowed Olivia Mock to score to give their team a 5-4 lead.

Wilmington would be trailing for the first time in this game, but it did not rattle the team as they answered back with a walk-off winner.

The first run of the bottom of the eighth inning started with Gabbie Saucedo, who hit an RBI single to center field, which tied the score up at five runs.

Three batters later, Emma Zimmerman would hit a walk-off RBI single, which sent Saucedo home to seal a 6-5 win!

We looked at the first game 6-5 win. Now let’s talk about game two’s 7-6 win.

Click below for the game stats of the second game.


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