#4 Norse take two from Duhawks
Techlin's first inning steal was the 23rd of her 2011 season, breaking a 19 year old record
Techlin's first inning steal was the 23rd of her 2011 season, breaking a 19 year old record
Thu, Apr. 28, 2011 - [Softball]

The Loras College Duhawks put up a fight in the first game against 4th-ranked Luther College Norse. But with no fewer than ten people hitting above .300 on the Norse roster, the Duhawks couldn't hang onto their 2-0 lead. In the second game Luther pitching and defense held the Duhawks to four hits in shutting out the home team.

Game 1, Luther 4 - Loras 2

In game one, the Duhawks were on the board first with a birthday homerun by Katelyn Jones, the first of her career. A fielder's choice by Sara Palczynski led to Ashley Reimer entering to pinch run. Kellie Klein then doubled down the left field line and scored Reimer from first, winning the inning for the Duhawks, 2-0. 

The Norse bounced back and won the games via the homerun. In the top of the fifth the Norse used a solo homerun by Kelsey Weindruch to get on the board, and then a three-run homerun in the top of the sixth by Kelsey Kittleson to take the lead 4-2.

The Duhawks couldn't push anymore runs across the board and fell, 4-2.

Entering the day, senior Kelsey Techlin was tied for the Loras College single season stolen bases record, and in the first inning, she put her name into the record books, stealing her 23rd stolen base of 2011.

Game 2, Luther 8 - Loras 0 (6 innings)

Luther is at the top of the Conference with a batting average of .365 as a team, and they showed that in the second game. With three solo homeruns and a couple of costly Duhawks errors, the Norse scored five runs, all unearned in the top of the sixth.

The Duhawks couldn't get their bats rolling, and had four hits in the first four innings, leaving six runners on base.

Stephanie Popovich started the game off and gave up four hits and three earned runs. Michelle Sabatini came in to relive gave up four hits, and was on the receiving end of the five unearned runs in the sixth inning.

Luther remains atop the IIAC and now own a 16-game winning streak.

The Duhawks will travel to Waverly, Iowa to face the Wartburg Knights (10-25, 2-12 in IIAC) on Saturday - the final day of league competition across the Iowa Conference. They currently sit in sixth place, one game ahead of Dubuque for the final spot in the IIAC Tournament. The Spartans host fifth-ranked Central on Saturday.