Thu, Apr. 7, 2011 - [Softball]
The Loras College Softball team traveled to Cedar Rapids to face the sixteenth-ranked Coe Kohawks. Off to a 2-0 start in the Iowa Conference, the Duhawks fought hard and came away with a split.
Game 1, Coe 5 - Loras 3
The first game for the purple and gold had a great start in the first inning, with three big runs in the top of the first. The Duhawks just couldn't add more over the next six innings. With a two out rally in the top of the first, Katelyn Jones and Tracy Sullivan had back-to-back singles. Sara Palczynski stepped up to the plate and hit a line-drive homerun to dead center to give Loras a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
The Kohawks quickly answered by adding two runs in the bottom of the first with two hits, and a costly Loras error making the score 3-2.
The next two innings were scoreless and included great defense by both teams. In the bottom of the fifth inning, a pair of hits allowed the Kohawks to tie the game 3-3. The Duhawks couldn't answer and were scoreless for the rest of the game. The Kohawks continued to score, however, adding two more runs in the bottom of the sixth making the final score 5-3.
The Duhawks fell 2-1 in the Iowa Conference.
Kellie Klein fell to 5-5 with the loss, giving up seven hits.
Game 2, Loras 6 - Coe 2
With Game 1 in the rear view mirror, the Duhawks set their sight on Game 2. After a scoreless first inning the Duhawks then brought their offense to life. The bottom of the order did a lot of the work - with Klein 2-for-4, Niki Rivera 2-for-3, Deanna Angelini 2-for-3, and Shelby Perkins 1-for-2, to lead the charge.
A second inning two-out rally with a solo homerun by Kellie Klein had the Duhawks on the board early. The Kohawks answered immediately with a two-run homerun by Sidney Ridout.
With the Kohawks now leading, 2-1, the Duhawks had to step up their game. They did just that in the top of the fifth. Angelini led off with a single, following a walk by Perkins. Miller advanced with a fielder's choice and runners on first and second. Techlin grounded out to third before another two out rally that would score both Miller and Perkins helped in part by two Kohawk errors.
The Kohawks failed to score for the remainder of the game, making the final score 6-2.
Both teams finished the weekday doubleheader 3-1 in the IIAC.
The Duhawks will travel to Simpson this weekend for another Iowa Conference doubleheader, and quickly turn around to play a pair of non conference games against Eureka on Sunday.