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WidenerSoftball Picks up First Win to Close Sunkissed Games


(Sterling, Widener)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Widener University softball team exploded for 13 runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings as the Pride downed John Carroll 13-5 in six innings on Thursday afternoon to wrap play at the Diamond 9 Sunkissed Games in Kissimmee, Fla. Earlier in the afternoon, Widener fell 4-1 to Illinois College.

  • Seven hitters had multiple hits combined in the two games, led by Taylor Allen and Katie Sterling (St Georges) who had four each.
  • Bella Bottini and Lindsey Cooper each delivered three hits with Liv Rogers, Lauren DelRomano, and Jamie Gossellin knocking two apiece.
  • Bottini drove in four runs including her first career homer, a three run shot, in the second game.


  • IC got on the board in the top of the third inning as a sac fly scored an unearned run.
  • A homer in the fourth and a two out single to plate a run in the fifth pushed the lead to 3-0.
  • Widener got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Katie Sterling (St Georges) and Taylor Allen singled in front of Carli Benzoich who walked. After a pair of fly outs to left, Bella Bottini laced a single to right to plate Sterling and make it 3-1. The Lady Blues responded in the top of the seventh, to push the lead back to three.


  • After the Blue Streaks scored a run in the bottom of the first, Widener took the lead in the fourth. Sterling and Allen singled to start the inning, putting runners on the corners. Coming in to pinch run, Sydney Powell stole second base. Benzoich came up and laid down a bunt back to the circle. The throw home was late as Sterling scored to tie the contest at 1-1.
  • Continuing the inning, Benzoich stole second in front of Liv Rogers who singled up the middle to bring home Powell for a 2-1 lead.
  • John Carroll led off the top of the inning with a homer to tie the score at 2-2.
  • Undaunted, Widener erupted for seven runs on six hits. Keying the inning was as throwing error that allowed the first run of the inning to score, an RBI single by Katie Rabuck, and a two-run double by DelRomano.
  • In the fifth, the Pride struck again, scoring four runs, three of them on the Bottini homer.
  • Rabuck picked up the win pitching the final 2.2 innings.

Widener returns to action on Wednesday, March 14 when it hosts Penn State Abington. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

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