GRANVILLE, Ohio – Denison softball played to a doubleheader split with the College of Wooster on Saturday afternoon at the Denison Softball Field in Granville. The Big Red took game two 2-1 after falling 3-2 in game two to move to 12-10 on the year and 3-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The split sent Wooster to 20-8 overall and 7-1 in the NCAC.
Following a loss in game one, the Big Red turned to senior Colleen Hoffman who continued to dazzle from the pitching circle. After throwing a complete-game shutout at Otterbein on Thursday, Hoffman returned to form in game two as she scattered nine hits for one run with two strikeouts over seven innings pitched.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, junior Brennah Dutcher collected her second home run of the season when she sent a towering shot over the leftfield wall to tie the game at 1-1.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Emilie Fisher laced a double to right field to give DU a runner in scoring position. In the next at-bat, Hoffman continued her game-two excellence after she reached safely on a Wooster error and scored Fisher from second to take the 2-1 advantage.
In the top of the seventh, the Scots used a pair of singles from Torrey Totman and Kendall Lloyd to put runners on second and third with one out. Despite Wooster's late push, Hoffman forced back-to-back groundouts to end the game and helped the Big Red move back to .500 in conference play.
With the win, Hoffman moved to 6-4 on the season with victories in three of her last four appearances. Wooster's Marissa Norgrove was handed the loss and dropped to 6-4.
Dutcher finished the game 2-for-3 with two hits, an RBI and a run driven in. Fisher went 3-for-3 with a run scored. Emmalee Cooke, Gabby Lakes, and Marina Roski each tallied two hits for the Scots.
In game one, Wooster took the early lead on an RBI single from Molly Likins in the top of the first. Still trailing 1-0 in the third, the Big Red had the bases loaded with one out. In the next at-bat, Dutcher reached first safely on a throwing error by Likins that scored Claire Powell from third and tied the game at 1-1.
Denison took the lead in the fourth after Fisher connected on a single throw the left side and scored Caitlin Ellwanger from third to put DU ahead, 2-1.
A pair of RBI base hits from Grace Randall and Likins put the Scots back in front, 3-2, after five innings of action.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Fisher opened the inning with a single, but three consecutive outs for Olivia Johnson gave the victory to Wooster.
Denison starter Taryn Welch was tagged with the loss after allowing three run on 10 hits with one strikeout in a complete game effort. Wooster's Johnson earned the win to improve to 11-3 on the year after totaling eight strikeouts over seven innings.
Likins led Wooster with a 4-for-4 performance in game one with 2 RBIs. Fisher recorded an additional three hits in game one and tallied an RBI. Gabi Dufresne also finished with a multi-hit game.
After Sunday's doubleheader with Allegheny was moved to Sunday, April 28 due to weather, the Big Red will return to action on Wednesday, April 17 when they travel to Gambier, Ohio for an NCAC doubleheader with Kenyon College beginning at 3:30 p.m.