Winston-Salem, NC - The sixth-seeded Wesleyan College softball team earned their first win of the season when it counted most - in an elimination game against #7 Trinity Washington at the Great South Athletic Conference Championship hosted by Salem College.
The Pioneers won in convincing fashion, defeating the Tigers by a score of 18-3.
Wesleyan came out of the gates swinging, scoring five runs on four hits in the first inning. Colleen DeGraff singled to start the game followed by walks for both Anna Jones and Aisha Coles. Freshman Sara McMahon took advantage of the loaded bases when she blasted a double, scoring both Jones and Coles after DeGraff scored previously on a passed ball. Abby Stephens then singled to score McMahon, and Christina Mayfield and Katy Trietsch each drew walks. DeGraff rounded out the inning with another single that scored Mayfield.
The Pioneers would tack on two more runs in the second inning before Trinity Washington scored their first runs of the game in the top of the third inning. Wesleyan responded with another seven runs in the bottom half of the frame with Stephens, DeGraff, Jones and Coles each singling in the inning.
Trinity scored one more run in the fourth inning before Wesleyan plated their final four runs of the game.
For the game, Colleen DeGraff paced the Pioneers by going 4-for-5 from the plate with 2 runs and 4 RBI. Sara McMahon (1-for-2, 4R, 2RBI), Abby Stephens (3-for-4, 2R, RBI, 2BB), Aisha Coles (1-for-1, 3R, RBI, 3BB), and Katy Trietsch (1-for-1, 2R, 2RBI, 3BB) also contributed significantly to the Pioneers offensive performance.
"Our girls worked hard all year and they certainly deserve all the credit for this win," remarked Wesleyan head coach Dickey Hightower. "I am very proud of the girls who formed the nucleus of our team, but we need to also thank the ones who made it possible to field a team every game. I think Wesleyan College has at least 13 girls they can be very proud of. They are wonderful representatives of the school."