Thu, Apr. 14, 2011 - [Softball]
With the Iowa Conference slate about half way gone, the intra-city rivalry between the Loras College Duhawks and the University of Dubuque Spartans were each searching for a sweep and a climb up the standings. That didn't go as planned for either team, but they each walked away with a hard fought win on Wednesday.
Game 1, Loras 4 - UD 3
Game 1 for the Loras College softball team included the right hits at the right time. There were two leading hitters with multi-hit games - Beth Miller went 2-for-3, and Katelyn Jones went 2-for-4 to help Loras to the win.
After the first two innings finished scoreless, the Duhawks did half of their work in the top of the third. With one out, Miller tripled, Kelsey Techlin added a bunt single, and set up Katelyn Jones to squeeze, scoring Miller, advancing Techlin to third after a late throw to get Jones at first base. Tracy Sullivan then grounded out to the pitcher and Techlin reached home on the throw to first.
The Spartans didn't answer until the bottom of the fourth with two runs, tying the game at 2-2. The Duhawk defense held them to just two after the Spartans loaded the bases and made one out on a force at home and ended the inning with a line drive that was snagged by Niki Rivera at shortstop.
The Duhawks didn't let that inning affect them and came back with a two-out rally in the top of the fifth to get both of those runs back. Starting the two-out rally was Katelyn Jones' triple, followed by an RBI single from Sullivan, and an RBI double from Palczynski put the Duhawks on top, 4-2.
An unanswered bottom of the fifth and sixth had the Spartans down to their last three outs. A costly Duhawk error helped Dubuque into scoring column, but the Duhawks managed to get the three outs they were searching for in support of starting pitcher Kellie Klein.
Loras moved to 4-3 in the Iowa Conference and the Spartans fell 0-5.
Game 2, UD 7 - Loras 5
The Spartans were not going to give up easily after pushing the Duhawks to the edge in Game 1 on their home field.
In the first inning, the Duhawks thought they were going to be on top with a lone run, but the Spartans used a two-out rally that included an error in the infield that a scored 4 runs. A Spartans lead of single by Shawna Dole, combined with two hit batters by starting pitcher Stephanie Popovich, made things difficult. A two-RBI double by Hillary Taets did the biggest damage of the inning, making it 4-1 after one inning.
The Duhawks couldn't answer, and the Spartans scored again in the bottom of the third with a pair of doubles.
As part of her 3-for-4 performance, Shawna Dole started off the fourth inning with a single and Danielewski with another double, Nearad also had a solid performance going 2-for-4, with two RBI to extend the lead to 7-1.
Loras went to the bullpen with pitching changes to try and throw off the Dubuque offense, but they registered at least three hits against each of the first three pitchers Loras used.
The Duhawks did eventually answer in the top of the fifth with four runs on six hits from Techlin, Jones, Sullivan, Palczynski, Klein, and Angelini.
It didn't turn out to be enough for the Duhawks after going scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings against reliever Emily Michels. The Spartans (1-5) earned their first win in the Iowa Conference and the Duhawks remained at .500, leaving Chlapaty Field 4-4.
The Duhawks will host the fifth-ranked Central College Dutch at home Saturday, April 16, 2011. Central Dutch leads Iowa Conference with a 6-0 record and are 25-3 overall.