Yeowomen Go 2–6 in Florida

Hannah Heinke-Green

The softball team headed to Clermont, FL, over spring break, where the team played eight games, winning only two of them.

The Yeowomen began the trip with a 1–5 loss to Elmhurst College and a 4–7 loss to Rutgers University-Camden. Sophomore Jenny Hill and junior Jenny Goldsmith both went 2–3 in the second loss of the day.

Oberlin came out strong the next day, earning a close 4–3 win against Colby College.

“We kept the energy up the entire time, and I think that definitely contributed to the win,” Hill said.

Hill played an important role in the victory when she had a walk-off single down the left field line in the 10th inning of the game.

“There were probably 100 people watching the game, and we maintained our control and focus in such a great environment,” Head Softball Coach Mimi Mahon said.

The team then took on Kalamazoo College the same afternoon, but unfortunately could not maintain its momentum from the morning, losing 2–10.

On Tuesday the Yeowomen faced Thomas College and nationally-ranked North Central College. Oberlin split the day, defeating Thomas College 11–3 and losing to North Central 5–11.

Goldsmith was four-for-four with an RBI and one run scored in the victory. Senior Emily King pitched the entire game, allowing just three hits and one earned run.

“Every starter on the team contributed at least one hit,” Mahon said.

Despite the afternoon loss, Mahon said she was still happy with her team’s performance. “I still view that as an incredible moment, as we are showing we can hang with anyone when we bring out focus and consistency both offensively and defensively,” she said. “If we bring that energy and effort as we head into conference, we could upset a lot of teams.”

The Yeowomen finished the break with two losses — the first to Union College and the second to the University of Chicago.

Although the Yeowomen only had two wins, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond and for its players to take a break from their usual academic schedule.

“We mesh very well together, which is important on any team,” Mahon said.

The Yeowomen will face Kenyon College this weekend and return home April 9 to host Denison University.