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Softball Travels to Anderson on Thursday

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis


WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College softball team steps out of conference play for likely the final time on Thursday as the Fightin' Quakers head to Anderson University for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Teams: Wilmington and Anderson. The Quakers are 17-13 on the season and are looking to snap a four-game losing streak in which they have lost three of those via a walk-off hit. The Ravens are 13-11 and travel to Thomas More College on Monday and Ohio Northern University on Tuesday.

The Coaches: Beth Floyd is in her 12th season as Wilmington's softball head coach. She is the winningest softball coach in school history and is also the College's associate director of athletics. Floyd has led the Quakers to seven double-digit win campaigns as well as the program's first winning season with a 20-16 record in 2013. Tony Holloway has also been Anderson's head coach for a dozen seasons. He was an assistant coach for the 19 years prior.

The Hitters: Hayley Suchland leads Wilmington with a .414 batting average to go along with a team-high 41 hits. She is also tied with KenDahl Bowles for the squad lead in RBIs with 19. Allison Pierce had hit 10 doubles to lead the Quakers while Megan Crager has scored 24 runs. D.J. Martz leads Anderson with a .353 batting average to go along with four doubles, five home runs and 15 RBIs. Brooke Walden has driven in 18 runs for the Ravens.

The Pitchers: Grace Shell is looking to snap a four-game losing streak as the sophomore is 9-8 with a 2.58 ERA in 103 innings pitched. She also leads Wilmington in strikeouts with 85. Alexis Stringfellow and Suchland have split game two starting duties for the Quakers thus far this season. Hadley Decker leads Anderson in wins with four, innings pitched at 68 and ERA with a 2.88.

Series History: The doubleheader will be the first meeting between Wilmington and Anderson in at least a decade.

Social Media: Wilmington athletics is represented on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics), Twitter (@DubCQuakers) and Instagram (@DubCQuakers). Follow all the happenings of Wilmington College on social media by using the hashtag "#WeAreDubC".

Coverage: Live statistics of each game will be available – visit the links above.

Up Next: Wilmington hosts Heidelberg University for Senior Day on Saturday. First pitch from the WC Softball Complex is slated for 1 p.m.