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Bishay leads Ladies to split with Tigers

GAMBIER, Ohio — Kenyon College senior Nicole Bishay used her arm and bat Wednesday to help the Kenyon College softball team split a doubleheader with the visiting Wittenberg University Tigers. The Ladies took game one, 3-1, but fell just short in game two, losing 3-2.

In the first game, Bishay picked up the pitching win by working all seven innings, striking out two and giving up just one unearned run on seven hits and a walk. Additionally, at the plate, Bishay went 2-for-3.

The Kenyon offense also managed seven hits in game one and, thanks to three Wittenberg errors, all the Ladies’ runs were unearned. The first of their three came in the first inning, when Sara Campagna doubled to left center and then moved to third on an Emily Buckwalter single. When the next batter came to the plate, Buckwalter stole second base and the attempt to throw her out sailed into center field, allowing Campagna to come home.

The 1-0 score remained that way until the fifth inning. In that frame, the Ladies tacked on two more, utilizing a Maddie Friday single, a Grace Finn walk and two Wittenberg errors that paved the way for both Friday and Finn to score. 

In game two, Wittenberg pitcher Kira van Ravensberg took control. She shut out the Kenyon team for six innings, while her Tiger club posted two runs in the second and one more in the fifth.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Kenyon finally started to figure van Ravensberg out. Clare McMahon led things off with a single. After two outs were recorded, Finn walked again and Campagna singled to load the bases. Buckwalter then drilled a line drive to the left-center fence, scoring both Finn and McMahon.

Still, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and two runners in scoring position, Bella Albrecht came to the plate for Kenyon and got into a van Ravensberg’s pitch. Albrecht’s shot carried to the warning track, but Wittenberg center fielder Clara Andersen drifted over to make the catch and end the game.

Over the course of both games, Bishay ended up a combined 3-for-6 with the bat. Friday, McMahon, Campagna, Albrecht and Buckwalter all had two hits on the day. Buckwalter had two RBI and Finn, who walked three times, scored twice.

Finn now has 39 runs scored this season and 145 runs scored for her career. That leaves her just five more runs from tying the program record of 150 career runs set by Madi Maldonado.

The split of the doubleheader left the Ladies’ season records at 22-12 overall and 4-6 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. Wittenberg moved to 12-11 overall and 3-3 in the NCAC.

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