W&J’s Cunningham sets hit record in DH sweep of Waynesburg
Kelsey Cunningham sent a line drive through the left side of the infield and into history Tuesday afternoon.
The senior shortstop from Washington & Jefferson College’s softball team set the school’s career hit record with that two-out single in the bottom of the second inning. Her three hits in four at-bats helped the Presidents take an 8-0 five-inning victory over rival Waynesburg in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game at Brooks Park.
W&J (12-4, 20-8) completed the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 victory in Game 2.
Cunningham, a graduate of Peters Township High School, has 184 career hits, three more than Amanda Howard, who set the record in 2009.
“The record is something I’ve worked very hard for through the years,” said Cunningham. “To do this on our home field and during a big win makes it special. Being the all-time hit leader at W&J is a really nice honor. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve worked hard to be able to reach goals like this.”
Cunningham’s sister, freshman catcher Abby Cunningham, provided the Presidents’ first run of the opener in the bottom of the first inning when her single scored Courtney Roperti.
Roperti’s RBI-double scored Kelsey Cunningham in the fourth for a 2-0 lead and W&J exploded for six runs in the fifth to end the game. Kelsey Cunningham, Breana Gleason and Roperti each had RBI doubles; and Morgan Figura singled home a pair.
Madison Rotto fired a one-hit shutout for her seventh win of the year. She struck out three and had just one walk.
Jenna Dorazio had the lone hit for the Yellow Jackets (4-12, 8-22).
In the second game, Rotto hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and W&J added a pair of runs in the fifth following a Waynesburg error. Emily Watson delivered an insurance run in the seventh with an RBI-single that scored Sadie Marak. Kelsey Cunningham went 2-for-4.
Krista McCartney lost a shutout when Waynesburg scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh. McCartney struck out six and allowed just three hits.