Mon, Apr. 15, 2013 - [Softball]
The Loras College softball team notched their first Iowa Conference wins of the season on Friday in Waverly before losing a pair of one-run contests at Simpson on Saturday.
Holly Klein allowed just four hits and struck out one batter on the way to her third win of 2013 in Waverly on Friday afternoon. While she was slowing down the Knights' offense, Loras put together four straight innings of at least one run to end the game.
Molly Bolibaugh went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI to lead the offense. She opened the scoring with a solo homerun to start the Loras half of the fourth inning. She added an RBI double the next inning.
Kellie Klein, Regan Thies, and Samantha Shindelar each posted two-hit efforts, including a homerun from Thies – her second of the season. The team finished with 14 hits to Wartburg's nine.
The Duhawks didn't waste any time offensively and rode a one-hitter from Kellie Klein on the mound to the win column in Game 2.
Loras scored nine runs in the top of the first inning on five hits and two Wartburg errors to give Klein a cushion. Klein did the rest and Loras added insurance runs in the fourth inning (4) and fifth inning (1). She was an out away from a five inning no-hitter before an infield hit from the Knights. She struck out two batters in her fifth win of the year.
Bolibaugh was once again a major part of the offense, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and 2 RBI. Rigdon also had two hits, two runs, and two RBI.
Holly Klein was back on the mound on Saturday in Game 1 against Simpson and struck out four, allowing four runs over the first five innings. Sister Kellie entered in the sixth to keep the score at 4-0.
Trailing 4-0 and down to their final three outs, Loras put together a rally to push the Storm into some nervous moments. Kinsey Van Houten relieved starter Kacee Arey to start the inning and gave up two quick singles before Arey returned. Upon her return, Alaina Rigdon greeted her with a three-run homerun – the first of the year for Alaina and second of her career.
Now within a run, the rally sputtered with three straight outs by Loras.
The teams each posted six hits in Game 2 on Saturday, but a pair of infield hits in the sixth inning for the host Simpson Storm were enough to earn them a sweep.
Simpson manufactured a run with a hit, sacrifice bunt, and double in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Loras answered in the fourth with a solo homerun for Makaila Haase to start the frame.
The decisive sixth inning was similar to the first, mixing a sacrifice bunt into the middle of two infield hits. Klein allowed just a single hit in two other innings to keep things close.
This time, the rally fell short with Beth Miller stranded at second base when Kellie Klein and Katie Serpico tried to spark the offense with a tying run. In the end, an infield fly and a strikeout kept the Duhawks to just the one run.
Midweek this week has Loras up the road in Platteville on Tuesday and then in Chicago on Thursday to play North Park in four non-conference games. On Saturday, the team's seniors will be honored between games against Coe College at Faber Clark Field. That doubleheader is set to begin at 2:00 PM.