Comeback bid falls short for Duhawks
Beth Miller went 2x4 in Game One against Central
Beth Miller went 2x4 in Game One against Central
Tue, Apr. 9, 2013 - [Softball]

By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director

 

Game 1
Central, 5
Loras, 3
(8 innings)

 

Game 2
Central, 8
Loras, 1
(6 innings)

 

After moving their Iowa Conference doubleheader back a day, the Duhawks and Dutch met on Sunday afternoon on Faber Clark Field. The Dutch came in sporting an 18-5 overall record and a 2-0 record in the Iowa Conference, after sweeping Simpson earlier in the week.

 

Head Coach Ashley Winter started Kellie Klein in game one for the Duhawks. Klein, who came in with a 4-2 overall record, was poised and ready to keep the Central hitters on their heels. A smooth first inning was short lived as Central got ahead in the top of the second, capitalizing on two hits and two errors, which lead to a 3-0 lead.

 

Neither team would show any offense until the bottom of the 6th, when Makaila Haase took a high fastball deep over the left field wall for the Duhawks, making the score 3-1. Still trailing by two, Klein was able to keep the Dutch off the scoreboard in the top of the 7th, giving Loras a chance in the home half of the 7th.

 

Klein then flexed her bat and her muscle, blasting a game-tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the 7th. With pandemonium erupting on the Duhawk bench, Loras had tied the game at three. Unfortunately, the joy would be short lived, as Central was able to respond in the top of the 8th with two more runs to take the lead and eventually the victory.

 

After coming close in game one, the Duhawks hoped to jump out to a good start in game two, but the Dutch would have plans of their own. Keeping their bats hot from game one, Central jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of first, and created an insurmountable lead. Central would add on two more in the third, before Loras could score in the bottom of the 5th. Avoiding the slaughter rule in the 5th, the Duhawks couldn't bring the score closer, ending the game in the 6th after another Central run.

 

The Duhawks moved to 0-4 in conference play and will look to get things back on track at the Wartburg Knights. Wartburg is facing some struggles of their own, starting out 4-18 on the year and 0-4 in conference. The games have recently been moved to Friday at 4:00 PM in Waverly, Iowa. 

 

Loras will return to Faber Clarke on April 20 for Senior Day as they'll play host to Coe College.