UW-Whitewater Softball Takes Two Over No. 25 Carroll
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater softball team remained unbeaten at home with a pair of wins over 25th-ranked Carroll on Monday at van Steenderen Softball Complex.
The Warhawks (6-4 overall) took the first game by a 3-1 score before ending the second contest in five innings by run rule by a 9-1 margin.
In the opener, pitcher Kate Cleveland tossed a complete-game, five-hitter, allowing only one run and striking out two without a walk. She improved to 3-2 with the win.
Designated player Kennedy Cox smashed a run-scoring double to center in the second inning with two outs to plate first baseman Kaleigh O’Brien and give UW-Whitewater a 1-0 lead.
UW-W touched home plate again in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by left fielder Krista Sbarra.
After the Pioneers (3-3) cut the Warhawks’ lead to 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, shortstop Sophia Kinjerski tallied a base hit up the middle to bring home O’Brien and provide a key insurance run.
Cleveland retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to end the contest. O’Brien finished 3-for-3, and Sbarra collected two hits.
In Game 2, Carroll took a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first before UW-Whitewater registered nine unanswered runs, including one in the first, two in the second, five in the third and one in the fifth.
Mallory Hollatz earned her first win of the year, striking out four and allowing only two hits over four innings. Marissa Adams pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning in relief.
Kinjerski led the offense with three hits and two runs batted in. Pflugradt scored two runs and totaled two hits, including a three-run homer. O’Brien posted two more hits and scored one run.
The Warhawks’ defense didn’t commit an error in either game.
UW-Whitewater returns to the diamond Saturday for a doubleheader against Chicago. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at van Steenderen Softball Complex.