Tue, Apr. 26, 2011 - [Softball]
A big week for the Duhawks could have been better in the eyes of the Loras College softball team. Although they went .500 for the weekend, it is still going to be another nail-biter and a fight for a spot in the Iowa Conference Tournament.
The Loras College softball team split with Iowa Conference opponent Cornell College on Wednesday and split Thursday's doubleheader against UW-Stout.
Game 1- Cornell 8, Loras 5
The Duhawks came out swinging, finishing with ten hits, but just couldn't out hit the Cornell Rams. Kelsey Techlin and Katelyn Jones went 2-for-3 and Tracy Sullivan and Deanna Angelini both went 2-for-4.
The Duhawks got off to a great start by scoring two runs early after one run singles by Jones and Sara Palczynski in the first inning. The Rams came back in the third, scoring two runs to tie it at 2. In the bottom of the fourth the Duhawks rallied on two outs and scored three runs after a bunt single and an error allowed Niki Rivera and Beth Miller to score. Sullivan was credited with the third run of the inning after a single knocked in Techlin.
The Rams answered with two runs of their own and the Duhawks couldn't respond. Cornell had a big inning with four runs in the top of the sixth to push their lead to 8-5, where the game ended.
Game 2- Loras 4, Cornell 2
In game two the Duhawks again started off early with a run in the bottom of the first on a passed ball allowing Beth Miller to score. The Rams came back and tied it up at one in the top of the 2nd and took the lead on another run in the top of the 4th inning.
Loras gained the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth with another two-out rally. Miller's single up the middle pushed Niki Rivera across the plate. Kelsey Techlin followed up with a bunt and Miller was able to score after an error by the Rams.
The two run lead was enough for Stephanie Popovich and the Duhawk defense. Popvich pitched all seven innings, allowing just six hits and one earned run with six strikeouts to pick up her fourth win of the season.
Game 1- Loras 4, UW-Stout 3
Game one all came down to the wire thanks to great pitching performances by both Michelle Sabatini and Brittany Reiter, each going the distance and allowing five hits.
Another two-out rally had the Duhawks up in the second after an RBI single by Kelsey Techlin and Beth Miller scoring on a catcher's interference call with the bases loaded and Tracy Sullivan at the plate.
UW-Stout never gave up, scoring three runs in top of the 7th to take the lead 3-2 after five hits and an error by the Duhawks.
However, Loras had the last laugh with the heart of their lineup due up in the bottom half of the inning, and they pushed two runs across. The inning started off with a walk by Kelsey Techlin who was driven in by Sara Palczynski. Allison DeShaw ran for Palczynski. A walk drawn by Deanna Angelini set the stage for Niki Rivera. With bases loaded, Rivera hit a shot to left center, and it was misplayed by the left fielder, allowing DeShaw to score and give the Duhawks the 4-3 walk off win.
Game 2- UW-Stout 7, Loras 2
The bats struggled for both teams in the second game until the fifth inning when three hits gave the Blue Devils to take an early 3-0 lead. Loras answered with a two-run homerun by Beth Miller in the bottom half of the 5th, but that's all the Duhawks could push across.
UW-Stout quickly regained the lead with a four run 6th inning, including a three-run homerun. Loras was unable to respond in the bottom half of the 6th and 7th innings, dropping the game at the score of 7-2.
Up next, the Duhawks host #11 Luther College in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 27, at Faber-Clark Field at 3 p.m. before going to Wartburg College for a doubleheader on Saturday.