Season-Opening Shutout Highlights Opening Day For Warriors

Season-Opening Shutout Highlights Opening Day For Warriors

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.

THE BASICS

  • 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.

UP NEXT

  • 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.