Softball: Vansickle's Big Hit Secures Split For Mount Union

Andi Vansickle (Photo by Veronica Atkinson)
Andi Vansickle (Photo by Veronica Atkinson)

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's softball team rallied for a 6-5 win in the opener then lost 10-2 in the second game to split a pair of game with Ohio Wesleyan in the home opener Sunday at 23rd Street Field.

The loss in game two snapped a six-game win streak for the Purple Raiders and makes them 11-7 on the season while Ohio Wesleyan is 5-9 after the split.

In game one, a three-run home run by Erin Ferguson in the first inning gave Ohio Wesleyan a 3-0 lead.

Mount Union scored single runs in the first -- off an RBI ground out from Logan Lehman (Orrville/Orrville) -- and in the second with a Shelby Vansickle (Loudonville/Loudonville) sacrfice fly to make it 3-2.  

The Raiders went up 6-2 with four runs in the fifth on a bases loaded triple from Andi Vansickle (Loudonville/Loudonville) that would clear the bases and she scored on the play on a throwing error.

Ohio Wesleyan plated a run in the sixth, one in the seventh and had the tying run in scoring position before Mount Union pitcher Allie Scali (Parma/Parma) shut the door.  Scali, who improved to 6-4 on the season, got the complete game victory with a season-best nine strikeouts.   

Ohio Wesleyan got 10 runs on 14 hits in a 10-2 win in game two as Allie DeLooze pitched the complete game win.

Mount Union avoided the shutout with a two-run home run from Lehman in the fourth as pitcher Erin Simmons (Suffield/Field) took her first loss in the circle of the season (5-1).

The Raiders stay home to host Case Western Reserve Wed., March. 23 at 3 p.m. at 23rd Street Field.

Mount Union 6, Ohio Wesleyan 5 (Mar 20, 2016 at Alliance, Ohio) (Game 1)
Ohio Wesleyan....... 300 001 1 -  5  8  5      (4-9)
Mount Union......... 110 040 X -  6  6  0      (11-6)
Pitchers: Ohio Wesleyan - Sarah Flint and Erin Ferguson. Mount Union - Allie Scali and
Logan Lehman.
Win-Allie Scali(6-4)  Loss-Sarah Flint(2-6)  T-1:30  A-72
HR OWUS - Erin Ferguson (2).
Weather: 37 F NNE 4 mph, cloudy

Ohio Wesleyan 10, Mount Union 2 (Mar 20, 2016 at Alliance, Ohio) (Game 2)
Ohio Wesleyan....... 103 030 3 - 10 14  1      (5-9)
Mount Union......... 000 200 0 -  2  7  0      (11-7)
Pitchers: Ohio Wesleyan - Allie DeLooze and Erin Ferguson. Mount Union - Erin Simmons;
Allie Scali(7) and Logan Lehman.
Win-Allie DeLooze(3-3)  Loss-Erin Simmons(5-1)  T-1:30  A-83
HR MTU - Logan Lehman (4).
Weather: 39 F, NNE 4 mph, cloudy