Owls sweep home opener against Westminster

Courtesy of William Woods Athletics. (Contributed Photo)
Courtesy of William Woods Athletics. (Contributed Photo)

FULTON -- After moving the contest up a day to avoid the chilly weather forecast, William Woods (3-2) brought the heat on offense, earning a doubleheader sweep over Westminster College (0-2) on Friday.

The Owls breezed through Game 1 with a 12-4, five-inning win, then buckled down to earn a 6-0 victory in Game 2.

Woods got a messy start as Emily Esquivel led off with a single for Westminster. Then Kelsey Logan reached base on a catcher's interference call as Ally Mahoney was set up a couple of inches too close to the plate and made contact with Logan's bat on the swing follow-through.

Both Blue Jay runners were able to score in the inning.

The Owls needed little time to post a response, putting its first two batters aboard -- Jessica Keilholz drawing a hit-by-pitch and Sydney Wilbeck drawing a walk -- then loading the bases with a one-out single by Iliana Manzano.

Mahoney blasted a single through the legs of Westminster's third baseman to score Keilholz and Wilbeck. Manzano tried to take advantage of the close play at the plate but was thrown out at third.

After holding Westminster scoreless at the top of the inning, WWU added two runs in the second on a bases-loaded walk and hit-by pitch.

Another bases-loaded walk plated Arianna Donovan in the bottom of the third, answering a Westminster tally in the top of the frame.

Rylee Hagens pushed another pair of Woods run across as she reached on an error.

The Blue Jays mustered another run in the top of the fourth, but William Woods blew the game open with a five-run bottom frame.

Brooke Lopez came in for the top of the fifth and made quick work of the Blue Jays, retiring the side in order.

Grad transfer Micaiah Cordell owned the nightcap for William Woods, holding Westminster to just two hits over 5⅓ innings of work, striking out five and needing just 66 pitches.

Keilholz continued to shine at the top of the Owls lineup, going 3-4 with a pair of RBI as WWU blew the game open with a four-run second inning, then added insurance runs in the fourth and fifth.

William Woods heads west for its next doubleheader, taking on the University of Saint Mary next Saturday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.