The Statesmen softball team will go into postseason play in a bit of a slump after being swept by eventual league champion St. Ambrose in a Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader Tuesday.
William Penn (32-20, 12-8 MCC) lost by scores of 10-2 in five innings and 4-3. With its sweep and help from other MCC foes beating on each other, St. Ambrose (38-13, 15-5 MCC) claimed the regular season title. The Queen Bees enter this weekend’s tourney on a 14-game winning streak.
The Statesmen will be the No. 4 seed and will have to play into the Final Four Tournament. They were to host No. 5 Clarke in a single game Thursday.
Inclement weather caused the game to be postponed.
The Statesmen were unsuccessful on both ends in the opener, being outhit 15-1. The hosts scored one run in the first and second, four more in the third, and an additional two in the fourth to take an 8-0 advantage.
Ashley Kingery was hit by a pitch to begin the fifth and finally got William Penn on the board when Molly Miller) was also plunked with the bases loaded. Sydney Edwards, who had the lone Statesmen base hit, also touched home plate later in the inning.
St. Ambrose put two across in the sixth to close out the win. Jennifer Whitehead had her worst outing of the season, striking out five to fall to 15-10.
William Penn held a 9-8 edge in hits in the nightcap, but failed to net a split of the twinbill and ruin the St. Ambriose celebration.
Sonia Ray reached on a second-inning error and later scored on a single by Brailey Freed to make it 1-0. The Queen Bees tied up the matchup in the third, but the lead went back to the Statesmen in the fifth when Bri Zerley singled home Miller.
The see-saw battle went back in favor of St. Ambrose at 3-2 with two runs in the sixth. The Statesmen were able to force their opponents to bat one more time, however, as they tied the game in the top of the seventh.
A single by Mikayla Djordjevic plated Zerley, but the hosts had the final say with the game-winning run in the bottom half.
Zerley paced the offense with a 2-for-4 showing, while Carly Land dropped the pitching decision. The senior (17-10) struck out seven against three walks.