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UChicago Softball Splits with Defiance and Babson

UChicago Softball Splits with Defiance and Babson

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The University of Chicago softball team defeated Defiance College 5-3 before losing to Babson College 9-1 on Thursday in Florida.

The Maroons ran their record to 4-4.

UChicago 5, Defiance 3

UChicago struck right away in the top of the first inning. Laila Sims drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on an error to make it 1-0. Clare Fortier tripled later in the frame and scored on Olivia Cataldo‘s single.

Fortier provided an RBI single up the middle in the top of the third, and the score was tied at 3-3 heading into the fourth inning. The Maroons then secured the go-ahead run in the fourth and an insurance tally in the fifth. Anna Jensen knocked an RBI single and Cataldo posted an RBI groundout.

Defiance put two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth. But pitcher Delaney Choi fanned the next two batters to end the threat. When the Maroons got into another potential jam in the bottom of the seventh, Paige Heffke entered the game and struck out the last two hitters swinging to get the save.

UChicago posted 10 hits, two errors and three stolen bases. Fortier batted 3-for-4 and Nicole Wong went 2-for-4.

Starting pitcher Delaney Romanchick allowed three runs in three innings. Choi (2-0 record) got the win with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief that featured five strikeouts.

Babson 9, UChicago 1  (5 innings)

The Beavers scored six runs in the top of the second and three in the top of the fourth to run away with game two. The contest ended after five innings.

Julia Folkl provided the lone Maroon run with an RBI single to right center in the bottom of the third.

Sims accounted for three of the team’s five stolen bases on the day.  

Heffke (2-2 record) took the loss while striking out nine in five innings of work.


  • Friday, Mar. 17 @ 2:00 PM / 4:00 PM (ET) – UChicago vs. St. Norbert College / UChicago vs. Ripon College (at Winter Haven, Fla.)

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