Mount Pleasant, IA – May 3, 2017 – Iowa Wesleyan University hosted Fontbonne University in yesterday's softball action. The Tigers entered the day on a four game winning streak and were looking to continue their streak.
Julie Dodd (SO/Rock Falls, IL) was the starting pitcher for the Tigers in the first game of the night. She was able to get out of the first inning without giving up a run, but Fontbonne would get a run across in the top of the second. Iowa Wesleyan tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the third with the help of two hits in the inning. Stephanie Tillmann (SR/Plainfield, IL) hit a leadoff single to left field. Caitlin O'Neill (SR/Princeton, IA) drew a walk, and Kassie Vazquez (SR/Ainsworth, IA) came to the plate and singled through the right side to load the bases. McKenzie Copher (SO/Worth, IL) drew a walk to bring home the first run for the Tigers.
Iowa Wesleyan took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Sheridan Gealow (JR/Huxley, IA) hit a solo home run to put IW up 2-1. Fontbonne would add three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to regain the lead and go up 7-2.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Griffins extended their lead to 12-2 with the help of four hits in the inning. Iowa Wesleyan was able to get a run back in the bottom half of the inning. Kassie Vazquez drew a leadoff walk and McKenzie Copher reached on a fielder's choice. Julie Dodd came to the plate and singled through the left side to drive in the only run of the inning for the Tigers.
The Tigers were shut out by the Griffins in the second game of the night. IW recorded four hits in the game but could not get a run across the plate. Samantha McIlwain (JR/Boone, IA) was in the circle for the Tigers, and she pitched two shutout innings to start the game.
Fontbonne went ahead 2-0 in the top of the third inning, and would add a run in the top of the fifth and seventh innings. Iowa Wesleyan was unable to get anything going on offense, recording just four hits in the game. They would drop the second game of the day 4-0 to end their season.
Iowa Wesleyan finished the year with an overall record of 14-22 and went 7-11 in conference play.