Strong hitting and smart play during critical innings helped the Maroons to take the first of two tight games in their doubleheader against UW–Oshkosh before falling by a single run in the seventh inning of the evening’s closing game.
In their opening game, the Maroons were led by first-year shortstop Vicky Tomaka who went two-for-three with three RBIs and one run scored. Chicago seized the lead in a three-run second inning thanks to a two-run homer by Tomaka, before Oshkosh responded with a three-run inning of their own. Another three-run inning in the fifth gave Chicago a definite lead as a solid defensive performance from the Maroons shut Oshkosh out over the last four innings.
In the second game Oshkosh got off to a running start, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Maroons fought back led by second-year second-baseman Julia Schneider, whose two homers in four at-bats brought in three runs for the Maroons. However, going into the final inning tied at five, Oshkosh centerfielder Whitney Tornow’s lead-off home-run proved to be decisive: The Titans shut out the Maroons to take home the win.
Chicago will complete their string of home doubleheaders when they face off against Hope next Thursday at 3 p.m.