UW-Whitewater Softball Hits 20-Win Mark With Sweep

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Box Score, Game 1: https://static.uwwsports.com/custompages/softball/2021/sb27.htm

Box Score, Game 2: https://static.uwwsports.com/custompages/softball/2021/sb28.htm

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater softball team extended its win streak to four games and improved to 9-1 over its last 10 contests Wednesday with back-to-back victories over UW-Oshkosh in a non-conference doubleheader at van Steenderen Softball Complex.

The Warhawks (20-8 overall) defeated the Titans 7-2 in the first game before capping the day with a 10-4 triumph in Game 2.

In the opener, UW-Whitewater trailed 2-1 before plating six unanswered runs, including three in the bottom of the fourth and three in the fifth.

Catcher Nikki Mikosz put the Warhawks on the board first with a run-scoring single to center in the bottom of the first.

After UW-Oshkosh (15-9) tied the game in the top of the second and took the lead in the top of the fourth, UW-W took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the inning on a three-run homer by right fielder Taylor Briehl, her second of the year.

In the fifth, second baseman Delaney Becker delivered the big hit with a two-run base hit up the middle. Later in the frame, left fielder Krista Sbarra extended the lead with a two-out, RBI single to right center.

Kate Cleveland earned the win in relief of starter Rhiann Dick, tossing four shutout innings to improve to 7-3 on the year. Dick allowed two runs (one earned) over the first three frames.

Briehl finished 3-for-3 at the plate, while Mikosz and Becker each contributed two hits.

In the second game, UW-Whitewater turned a 4-3 deficit into a four-run lead with five in the bottom of the fifth inning, including a two-run homer by Mikosz, a two-run single by Briehl and an RBI single by centerfielder Vera Pflugradt.

Mikosz recorded there hits and three RBIs, while third baseman Meg Cohrs homered and finished with two hits and two RBIs. Shortstop Meghan Dunning tallied two hits, two runs scored and one RBI, Becker finished with two hits and one RBI, and first baseman Kaleigh O’Brien collected two hits and two runs scored.

Starting pitcher Mallory Hollatz struck out seven over four innings, scattering seven hits and allowing one run. Marissa Adams, who improved to 3-1 with the win, pitched the fifth inning, and Kate Cleveland tossed two shutout innings to close out the game.

The Warhawks host UW-Eau Claire on Senior Day at van Steenderen Softball Complex this Saturday. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m.

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