Mon, Mar. 26, 2012 - [Softball]
The Loras College softball team began their early season charge towards double-digits in the win column this weekend with four games in two days in the state of Wisconsin. Loras swept a triangular in Beloit, Wisconsin over Beloit and Rockford on Saturday before losing a pair of games to Carroll by a combined three runs on Sunday.
LOR 3, BEL 0
The Duhawks weekend started by taking a low-scoring affair from the hosts.
Katelyn Jones and Katie Serpico each had two hits for the Duhawks – accounting for four of the six the Duhawks registered in the game – to lead the Loras offense.
Serpico knocked in Jones for the game's first run in the top of the third inning. Serpico led off the sixth with a single and the Duhawks' capitalized on a Beloit error and used another hit to score two more runs.
Kellie Klein earned her fourth win of the season on the mound, giving up just three hits over her seven innings of work. She struck out four and walked just one.
LOR 8, ROCK 0
The Duhawks left Beloit 2-0 after an 8-0 win over the Rockford Regents in Game 2 of the day.
Loras struck early to take the lead, scoring twice on three hits and benefiting from a leadoff double by Shelby Perkins. Niki Rivera chipped in with a sacrifice fly.
The Duhawks doubled their lead with two more runs in the fifth with a two-out rally. Rivera again provided the RBIs. After back-to-back singles by Serpico and Lara Mangialardi, the junior shortstop doubled to score both runners.
The lead was doubled once again in the sixth, up from 4-0 to 8-0 and closing the books on the day. Loras scored four runs on three hits, all singles, and each of the eight Duhawks who went to the plate reached base, with the two outs in the inning coming on force outs.
The game ended early as a result of the 8-run Loras lead.
Game 1 – CAR 5, LOR 4
The Duhawks had their road rally fall short against a now 10-2 Carroll team in Game 1 on Sunday.
Loras answered a 2-run bottom of the second by the hosts with a 2-run top of the third to tie the game. They used just one hit, a bases loaded walk, and a wild pitch to put Carroll's defense under pressure and knot things up.
Another bunch of runs, five of them this time, came from the two teams in the bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth.
Carroll scored three runs on three hits against Loras starter Kellie Klein to reclaim the lead. Then Loras answered with an RBI single from Katelyn Jones and another wild pitch to score the Duhawks' fourth run of the game. The tying run was left at third – and the Pioneers kept the lead – when Mangialardi grounded out to third.
The Duhawks had single runners aboard in each of the final two innings, but couldn't push across their tying run.
Kellie Klein allowed all five runs on seven hits. Holly Klein struck out three and allowed two hits in her two innings of relief to give the Duhawks the chance at the comeback.
Game 2 – CAR 7, LOR 5
The offense provided five more runs in support of starter Stephanie Popovich, all in the first three innings, but the Pioneers answered with three runs in the first three innings to keep things close.
The Loras offense slowed and the hosts used one late big inning to give the Duhawks their first ‘losing streak' of 2012.
Loras used the long ball to take the early lead, with Jones hitting a 2-run shot in the first and Rivera leading off the second with a solo homer to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.
The Pioneers used an outfield error to plate their first two runs (unearned) to cut into the lead.
Loras' third inning on offense included RBI hits from Holly Klein and Kellie Klein to open the 5-2 lead. That lead only lasted a few minutes, as Carroll answered with a leadoff homer of their own to make it 5-3.
Mangialardi, on in relief of Popovich, allowed two hits over the fourth and fifth innings and faced the first three Pioneers hitters of the sixth inning, where she allowed two more hits and a walk before the Duhawks went to the bullpen for the second time in the game. Each of those three runners would eventually score to tie the game, and the loss would go to Holly Klein who came in to slow the Pioneers down. But Klein threw a wild pitch and committed an error to keep the inning alive for Carroll.
The 4-run inning was enough to claim the sweep for the hosts.
Loras opens their home slate this week with four games. They host UW-Platteville in a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 PM on Wednesday. The Iowa Conference schedule begins on March 31 when Simpson comes to Faber-Clark Field.