The Brock women’s Softball team hosted the visiting Carleton Ravens this past weekend in their home opener at Lancaster Park. The Ravens travelled to Brock looking to get their first win of the season, coming in with a 0-12 record.
Prior to hosting Carleton on Saturday, the Badgers travelled to rival Guelph on Friday for a doubleheader. The first game saw the Badgers bats explode, scoring five runs in the first inning on the way to a 7-5 win for Brock. In game two, pitcher Kelsey Hanly gave up eight runs in the first two innings, and despite a comeback effort, the Badgers fell short 8-7.
In the first game on Saturday, Badgers pitcher Michaela D’Cruz allowed no hits and two walks en route to an 8-0 shutout of the Ravens.
Brock also took game two by a final score of 7-2, sending the Ravens home still winless, and improving their own record to 6-6.
The Badgers offense has been strong all season, posting the fifth-most runs in the league going into the final weekend (73). Brock had another strong weekend offensively, putting up a total of 43 runs.
On Sunday, Brock faced the University of Ottawa, who came in with a 10-4 record, and currently sit third in the league for runs scored. In another doubleheader at home, the Badgers took the first game by a score of 8-4. Pitcher Kelsey Hanly redeemed herself after the loss to Guelph on Friday, allowing only four runs and staying on the mound all seven innings. Sophomore Emily MacDonald came up with a huge double play for the Badgers, and had two RBIs. The Badgers weren’t able to complete the sweep on the weekend, and fell to the GeeGees in the second game of the day by a score of 7-6.
The women’s softball team looks to finish out their season on a strong note, with doubleheaders against Ryerson (in Toronto) and home to York on Saturday at 2:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m at Lancaster Park. The Badgers currently sit in sixth place in their conference, but look to regain the fifth seed this weekend.
Last season, thanks to a second place finish at Nationals, the Badgers automatically have a spot to compete at this years Nationals, which will be held in Ottawa over Thanksgiving weekend.