Tuesday, April 20, 2021
UW-Whitewater Softball Powers Way to Two Wins
Game 1 Box Score: https://static.uwwsports.com/custompages/softball/2021/uwspsb24.htm
Game 2 Box Score: https://static.uwwsports.com/custompages/softball/2021/uwspsb25.htm
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater softball team scored late in the first game and early in the second game Tuesday, posting wins in both contests at UW-Stevens Point in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader.
The Warhawks (15-7 overall, 5-3 WIAC) scored three runs in the top of the seventh for a 7-4 triumph in the opener, and tallied five runs in the top of the first in Game 2 for an 8-3 victory.
In Game 1, UW-Whitewater turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 advantage, then broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh on solo home runs by third baseman Meg Cohrs and right fielder Meghan Dunning, and a two-out, run-scoring double by second baseman Delaney Becker.
Becker led the offense with three hits, while Dunning finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. First baseman Kaleigh O’Brien socked a two-out, three-run homer to left in the fifth inning and added one walk and two runs scored.
Catcher Nikki Mikosz homered to lead off the top of the fourth inning and added one walk.
Pitcher Marissa Adams claimed her first win of the year, allowing only one run on one hit while striking out three over four innings in relief. Kate Cleveland started and tossed the first three frames.
In the nightcap, the Warhawks started fast on RBI hits by Mikosz and Dunning and a three-run homer by Kaleigh O’Brien in the opening frame.
From there, UW-W played even with UW-Stevens Point (15-10, 2-4), answering each of the Pointers’ first two runs with a run of their own in the ensuing inning.
Rhiann Dick improved to 5-3 on the season, striking out three over five innings. Marissa Adams pitched the sixth, and Annie Morelli pitched around a leadoff double for a scoreless seventh.
Cohrs reached base in all four of her plate appearances, collecting a run-scoring single in the second and a solo homer in the sixth while adding a pair of walks. Dunning finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and O’Brien recorded a pair of walks to go along with her home run.
Centerfielder Vera Pflugradt posted one hit, one walk and two runs scored, and left fielder Krista Sbarra reached base twice with one hit and one walk.
The Warhawks continue WIAC play Friday with a home doubleheader against UW-La Crosse. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at van Steenderen Softball Complex.