KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team received a solid pitching performance from Taylor Bjork (Horicon, Wis./Horicon) and Libby Schellpfeffer (Mayville, Wis./Mayville) in its season-opener as the Warriors split their first two games of the 2017 season on Sunday afternoon at the Rebel Spring Games.
- Scores: Wisconsin Lutheran 1, St. Scholastica 0; Farmingdale State 8, Wisconsin Lutheran 6
- Location: Osceola County Softball Complex, Kissimmee, Fla.
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-1), St. Scholastica (1-5), Farmingdale State (2-2)
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Warriors escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning when Davina Gutierrez (Chicago, Ill./Dwight D. Eisenhower) robbed the Saints' Chrisi Mizera of a hit with a diving catch to end the inning.
- Wisconsin Lutheran scored the game's lone run in the fifth after a leadoff double by Schellpfeffer and successful sacrifice bunts from Abby Akright (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap) and Mary Lynn Clausen (Montgomery, Ill./Kaneland).
- St. Scholastica threatened in the seventh with a runner on third and just one out, but Schellpfeffer closed the door in relief by getting the last two batters on 1-3 groundouts to preserve the win for the starter Bjork.
- WLC managed just three hits in the game, but played enough small ball to earn the win.
- Bjork tossed 6.0 shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out three to pickup her first win of the season. Schellpfeffer notched her sixth career save with a scoreless seventh.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- Wisconsin Lutheran found itself in an early hole as the host Rams scored four times on five hits in the opening inning.
- The Warriors knotted the game at 4-4 in the second on RBIs from Clausen, Brea Johnson (Cumberland, Wis./Cumberland), and Schellpfeffer, and took the lead the following frame on two-out RBIs again from Johnson and Kaitlyn Robison (Andalusia, Ill./Rockridge).
- Farmingdale State pushed a run across in the fifth by drawing a bases-loaded walk, and scored three more times in the sixth off an RBI double and two-run single for an 8-6 lead.
- WLC loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh, but the Rams were able to retire three straight batters to stand the bases loaded.
- Schellpfeffer, Sam Humphreys (Jackson, Ohio/Jackson), and Clausen each tallied two hits for the Warriors, who left 11 runners on base.
- Gutierrez allowed four runs in 1.1 innings of relief for starter Kassie Guerrero (Chicago, Ill./Trinity) and suffered the loss.
FOR THE FOES
- Alexa Bremer and Marjaana Dailey each went 2-for-3 in the opener for the Saints. Chrisi Mizera struckout seven over 6.0 innings, allowing just three hits and one run, but was dealt the loss.
- Lori Michalowski was 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Rams in game two. Julia Walpole earned the win despite walking five and allowing six runs (four earned) on 12 hits.
- The Warriors are back in action early tomorrow for two more games against Illinois College (2-2) and Transylvania (3-3) at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. CST, respectively.