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Eau Claire softball team sweeps the Pointers on Saturday

EAU CLAIRE (PRESS RELEASE) - A Sara Baumgartner single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the winning run for UW-Eau Claire on Saturday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader sweep of the Pointers of UW-Stevens Point. UW-Eau Claire took the first game by a final of 3-2 before winning the nightcap 9-3.

The pair of losses drops the Pointers to 16-10 overall, 2-4 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) while UW-Eau Claire improves to 13-15 overall, 5-1 in the WIAC.

UW-Eau Claire tallied the first run of the day in the bottom of the second inning, taking the early 1-0 lead over the Pointers, as Emily Haluska's single down the left field line scored pinch runner Jenny Hess.

Eau Claire tacked on another run in the fifth, as Kaity Acker's pinch-hit single down the line drove in Emily Muller, putting the Blugolds in front 2-0.

The Pointers answered back in the sixth, when RBI singles by Melissa Wenig and Elyse Nelson plated two runs, knotting the score at 2-2.

Unable to score a go-ahead run in the top half of the seventh and final inning, the Blugolds took advantage of a leadoff throwing error by the Pointers to get on base and come around to score on Baumgartner's single, ending the game.

Michelle Jones (8-5) sufferers the loss for the Pointers, throwing 6.1 innings of nine hit ball, allowing three runs, one earned, and striking out six. Offensively for the Pointers in game one, Kimberly Liegel and Lauren Watkins each tallied two hits.

In game two, the Blugolds chased starter Chelsea Hensler from the game after three innings, tagging her with seven hits and four runs, two earned. The Blugolds held the 4-1 lead after three.

The Pointers plated two runs in the top of the fourth inning, cutting the deficit to one, 4-3, as RBI hits from Sarah Butts and Jessica Berger pushed the Pointers back in contention.

But in the home half of the fourth, the Blugolds tacked on two more runs to push the lead back to three, 6-3. Eau Claire added another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth as they cruised to the 9-3 victory.

Cassie Krum came on to pitch three innings of relief for the Pointers, striking out two while allowing just five hits. Offensively, Liegel and Berger were the only players to record multiple hits, notching three and two, respectively.

The Pointers continue their road-trip Sunday when they travel to UW-Superior for a doubleheader against the Yellowjackets. First pitch is scheduled for Noon.

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