Six-Run First Sends Warriors To Split In Florida Finale

Six-Run First Sends Warriors To Split In Florida Finale

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team jumped out to a six-run lead in game two to close their spring break trip with a 9-7 victory over Utica. The Warriors dropped game one of their doubleheader against Loras, 8-5, in nine innings on their last day competing at the Rebel Spring Games.

THE BASICS

  • Scores: Loras 8, Wisconsin Lutheran 5 (9 Inn.); Wisconsin Lutheran 9, Utica 7
  • Location: Osceola County Softball Complex, Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (3-7), Loras (6-0), Utica (3-5)

GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Loras jumped out to a lead in the first after a two-out wild pitch allowed a run to score.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran tied the game in the second after Davina Gutierrez (Chicago, Ill./Dwight D. Eisenhower) doubled to left to score Brea Johnson (Cumberland, Wis./Cumberland).
  • The Duhawks scored twice in the fourth after back-to-back singles to take a 3-1 lead.
  • WLC trimmed the lead to one after a fielder's choice in the fourth.
  • The Warriors tied the game in the fifth on a squeeze bunt by Rebecca Yniguez (Wildomar, Calif./California Lutheran).
  • In the eighth, Loras took the lead on a bunt, but Yniguez tied it again with a bunt of her own in the bottom half.
  • The Duhawks scored four runs in the ninth, and WLC scored just once on a fielder's choice to end the game.
  • Abby Mahsem (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee) led the way with three hits for WLC, while Johnson and Kaitlyn Robison (Andalulsia, Ill./Rockridge) added two hits each.
  • Mahsem didn't earn a decision in 5.1 innings of work, allowing three runs. Libby Schellpfeffer (Mayville, Wis./Mayville) suffered the loss in 3.2 innings of relief.

GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wisconsin Lutheran set the tone early for its final game in Florida. The Warriors plated six runs in the first inning, ignited by a Mahsem single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.
  • Schellpfeffer, Paris McCullum (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo), and Mary Lynn Clausen (Montgomery, Ill./Kaneland) had three straight RBI singles for a 4-0 Warriors advantage.
  • Brea Johnson got the sixth run of the inning for WLC on a sac fly.
  • The Pioneers plated two runs in the second to cut the lead to 6-2.
  • The Warriors scored two more runs on a double from Taylor Bjork (Horicon, Wis./Horicon) and a single from Savanah Frank (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central).
  • UC cut the Warriors' lead to 8-5 in the sixth.
  • Gutierrez doubled to left to push WLC's lead to 9-5.
  • The Pioneers scored two runs in the seventh but stranded the tying run on second base.
  • Robison and Gutierrez had three hits to pace the Warriors offense. McCollum, Schellpfeffer, and Mahsem each added two hits.
  • Kassie Guerrero (Chicago, Ill./Trinity) recorded the win in 6.0 innings of work, allowing two earned runs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Loras had four players record multiple hits. Emma Corkill recorded the win in 4.0 scoreless relief innings.
  • In game two, the Pioneers were led by Nicole Rice and Jacqueline Aronin with three hits apiece. Sabrina Strasky suffered the loss, allowing six earned runs in 3.2 innings.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors have off until their home opener on Saturday, March 25 when they host Mount Mary (2-8) for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.