Game 1 Box Score: https://static.uwwsports.com/custompages/softball/2021/sb13.htm
Game 2 Box Score: https://static.uwwsports.com/custompages/softball/2021/sb14.htm
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater softball team extended its win streak to seven games Sunday afternoon with consecutive victories over Wisconsin Lutheran in a non-conference doubleheader at van Steenderen Softball Complex.
The Warhawks (10-4 overall) took the opener, 8-2, before ending the second game by run rule after five innings by a 17-0 score.
In Game 1, pitcher Kate Cleveland allowed only one earned run in her complete-game win, scattering five hits over seven innings with three strikeouts to improve to 4-2 on the season.
UW-Whitewater broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to a solo home run by centerfielder Meghan Dunning and a two-run single up the middle by shortstop Sophia Kinjerski.
The Warhawks plated two more in the fifth on a run-scoring double to right center by Dunning and a Warrior error. Pinch hitter Kendall Klatt knocked a solo homer down the left field line with one out in the sixth to add to the lead.
Kinjerski finished 2-for-4 in the game with three runs batted in, and Dunning posted two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. First baseman Kaleigh O’Brien continued her success at the plate with two hits.
In the second game, UW-Whitewater totaled 12 hits and took advantage of four errors by Wisconisn Lutheran (6-8).
The Warhawks plated eight runs in the bottom of the second inning to break the game open, punctuated by a three-run homer to left center by Dunning. Right fielder Taylor Briehl also homered for UW-W, sending a two-run shot out to left field in the third inning and finishing 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Right fielder Vera Pflugradt posted two hits, two runs scored and one RBI, and Dunning collected two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs. Left fielder Krista Sbarra registered one hit, one walk, two runs scored and one RBI.
Kathryn Kinsella tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits and a pair of walks while striking out three. She earned her first career win with the performance.
UW-Whitewater begins Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition April 8 at UW-Stevens Point. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m.