Wed, Apr. 18, 2012 - [Softball]
By Marc Venisse for the Sports Information Office
The Loras College softball team swept their Senior Day doubleheader Saturday afternoon against the Kohawks. The Duhawks won the first game 1-0 after a game winning bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning by Cassandra Maniatis. The Duhawks kept it going in game two, winning 6-1 over the Kohawks.
Game 1: Loras 1, Coe 0
This was a pitching duel for majority of the game by Coe starting pitcher Ashlee Simon and Lara Mangliardi of Loras College. A sophomore from Elmhurst, Illinois Lara pitched a no hitter to win the battle for her fourth victory of the season. She pitched all seven innings and only allowed two walks. She recorded three strike outs on the day against the 23 Kohawk hitters she faced.
After a very quiet six and a half innings, the Duhawks offense came to life in the bottom of the seventh inning. It started with a leadoff double by Kellie Klein. The Duhawks put a little more speed on the bases by having Hollie Klein pinch run for her older sister. After an intentional walk to Lara Mangialardi, Regan Thies moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Senior Cassandra Maniatis then caught the Kohawk defense by surprise with a suicide squeeze bunt that allowed Hollie Klein to score and the Duhawks to win the game with the walk off bunt.
Game 2: Loras 6, Coe 1
The Duhawks were looking to start early in game two and scored three runs in the first inning. After a walk to Alaina Rigdon and a single by Katelyn Jones, both runners were able to advance into scoring position after a wild pitch by Maddison Woodruff. Kellie Klein gave the Duhawks a 3-0 lead with a three-run-homerun just over the right field fence.
Coe would answer back in the third inning after a leadoff double by Danielle Scholtterbec. Pinch runner Amanda Hovind would eventually come around to score after a fielder's choice by Mollie Kleopfer.
The Duhawks would add another run in the fourth inning after a double by Lara Mangialardi allowed her to score on a double by Cassandra Maniatis. The Duhawks were not done scoring and added one more run in the fifth inning and in the sixth inning – the final time off a home run by Regan Thies.
The Duhawks would close the game out winning 6-1 and improving their record to 15-11 overall and 4-4 in the Iowa Conference.
The Duhawks are at Buena Vista on Wednesday for another Iowa Conference doubleheader.