Duhawks go 0-2 at IIAC Tournament
Mon, May. 7, 2012 - [Softball]

The Loras College softball team was ousted from the double elimination IIAC Softball Tournament on Friday after being shut out by Simpson College. On Thursday, in the tournament opener, the Duhawks held a brief 2-1 lead over Coe before falling in extra innings, 3-2.

 

Game 1: Coe 3, Loras 2 (8 Innings)

 

The Loras College softball team played a closely contested extra-inning game in their attempt to defeat the Coe College Kohawks for the third time in 2012. Each team logged three hits, but the Duhawks committed three errors – the last of which resulted in the game-winning run.

 

The Kohawks struck first with back-to-back one out hits in the bottom of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.

 

The Duhawks were in front two innings later thanks to a bases loaded single by Shelby Perkins. The left-handed hitting second baseman slapped an 0-2 pitch down the left field line to score Katelyn Jones and Cassie Maniatis.

 

Just a half inning later, the Kohawks had tied the game. A one out walk was bunted into scoring position before a double plated the tying run for Coe.

 

The Duhawks left two runners on base in their half of the sixth, and weren't able to manage a hit in the seventh or eighth.

 

In the Coe half of the eighth, a leadoff walk was bunted to second base. Relief pitcher Holly Klein tried to erase the runner after a come-backer was gloved and she turned to check on the pinch runner for Coe. Klein opted to try and throw back to second base, but her throw was off target and resulted in the Kohawks sending home the winning run on a two-base error.

 

Stephanie Popovich matched Ashlee Simon through the first 6.1 innings on the mound.

 

The loss sent the Duhawks into the elimination portion of the bracket on Friday.

 

Game 6: Simpson 5, Loras 0  

 

The Duhawks waited for their next opponent as the tournament continued Thursday afternoon and evening. The Simpson Storm won their first game on Thursday before dropping their second to place them in Game 6 of the tournament against the Duhawks.

 

The Storm forced starter Kellie Klein from the game after 3.2 innings and five earned runs. Simpson scored a single run in the first and third innings before extending their lead with three runs in the fourth.

 

The Duhawk offense was held to just two hits, one before the five runs were scored and one after. The Storm countered with eight hits.

 

The loss to Simpson ended Loras' season at 20-18. It marked the first 20-win season for the Duhawks since 2005 and most wins under head coach Ashley Rogers during her three seasons in charge of the Duhawks. It also marked the end of the careers of seniors Katelyn Jones, Leanne Szela, and Cassie Maniatis who graduate in two weeks.