Duhawks go 6-3 in Florida, won five straight
Tue, Apr. 2, 2013 - [Softball]

The Loras College softball team completed their Spring Break trip last week to Clermont, Florida with a 6-3 record, helping them to a 7-6 overall record ahead of this week's Iowa Conference action. The Duhawks put together a five game winning streak in the middle of the trip. After their early-March (losing) battle with Mother Nature, the team spent a week in central Florida. Originally scheduled for 10 games, the team played in nine. 


Day 1 was a split against SUNY Potsdam and D'Youville. The Duhawks started with an 8-hit, 11-run outburst against Potsdam on their way to an 11-4 victory. Loras scored multiple runs in four innings total and they pushed across at least one run in four of the first five frames. Alaina Rigdon, Makaila Haase, and Shelby Perkins each scored multiple runs, with Perkins and Rigdon logging four of the hits for Loras. Kellie Klein earned the win on the mound, throwing six innings. The second game of the day included a bit of heartbreak, as D'Youville broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning with a two-out single to drive in a run that had reached on a walk earlier in the inning. Holly Klein took the loss. Loras advanced Perkins to third in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't tie the game.


With rain a part of the equation for March 24, the Duhawks squeezed in one game, a loss to UW-Stevens Point while their other game against Carleton was canceled. Loras outhit the Pointers 7-5, but a single run in the first inning and two more in the sixth were enough. The Duhawks stranded 10 runners on base in the loss, which went to starter Holly Klein.


The team started their five game winning streak the next day in dramatic, high-scoring fashion with an 11-10 extra-innings win over St. Olaf. The teams combined for six runs in the first inning alone, and every Duhawk in the lineup logged at least one hit. Just three of the runs by St. Olaf were earned against starter Makaila Haase (3 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs, 2 ER) and reliever and eventual winner Kellie Klein (6IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 2 ER). St. Olaf rallied in the top of the seventh to force extra innings with two runs. Each team then pushed one run across in the eighth. Nora Zerante was responsible for that tying RBI. Then, in the bottom of the ninth Beth Miller bunted home Regan Thies for the win.


Game 2 of the day (and the streak) was a 5-2 win over SUNY Oneonta. Makaila Haase started at pitcher and moved to designate player after 2.1 and two runs against her. Holly Klein came in to calm things down on the mound but Haase used her bat to get the runs back. Haase scored a run in the fifth inning to score Loras' first run. Then she followed with a 3-run homerun in the sixth, which would hold up as the game-winner.


After a day off for the varsity that included a win by the JV team, the streak continued against St. Catherine and Grove City.


Holly Klein spread out seven hits over six innings and struck out three in the win on the mound, while Beth Miller and sister Kellie Klein were putting together multi-hit games to boost the offense past St. Catherine. Six different players scored runs and Kellie joined Molly Bolibaugh and Regan Thies with 2 RBI in the 6-2 victory. Against Grove City, the Duhawks needed just five innings to return to the win column. A 2-1 lead was quickly opened up with a nine-run fourth inning by Loras' offense. They posted eight hits and benefited from two Grove City errors that inning.  Kellie Klein was the winning pitcher, allowing just four hits and striking out five over five innings.


The final day of the trip included a six-run win and a one-run loss to put an end to the winning streak. Loras defeated Colby 7-1 by taking an early 4-0 lead and four-inning start on the mound by Makaila Haase that yielded just one run and three hits from the opposition's offense. Bolibaugh was 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored. Katie Serpico, Kellie Klein, and Haase added two-hit performances to support the offense. The Duhawks finished with 14 hits. Against St. Benedict, the Duhawks managed one run. The teams each posted five hits and committed two errors and eventually headed to extra innings. Loras' eighth inning attempt to take a lead failed with two runners on base and the heart of the order unable to produce a hit. St. Ben's bunted the winning run to third base and a sacrifice fly was enough to give them the win, 2-1.


Seven Duhawks are hitting above .300 right now, led by Regan Thies' .382 – and six of them are on base more than 40% of the time. Bolibaugh leads the team with 15 runs scored and Klein has 14 RBI to lead that category. That duo has combined for eight homeruns so far in 2013. Beth Miller is leading the team with 11 stolen bases.




Loras returns home to start Iowa Conference play this week. They'll be at Dubuque on Wednesday (at the DGIL fields at 3 PM) and host Central on Saturday at 2:00 PM. On Sunday, they'll host Cornell beginning at 1:00 PM.