VERONA (WAOW) - Michelle Jones pitched the complete game eight-hitter to lead the UW-Stevens Point softball team to a two-game sweep of the Edgewood College Eagles on Wednesday afternoon. The Pointers won game one 15-9 and took game two 6-4.
The Pointers took the lead in the second inning of game one, thanks in part to a Lauren Watkins two-run home run.
The Pointers plated runs in every inning the rest of the way, including another three run inning in the fourth and four runs in the sixth on their way to the six run victory.
The Pointers out-hit the Eagles 18-15, led by Melissa Wenig and Katie Krueger's three hits apiece. Wenig drove in three of the Pointers 15 runs while Megan Tracey, Watkins and Krueger each drove in two.
Cassie Krum picked up the victory, pitching 4.1 innings in relief of starter Chelsea Hensler. Krum struck out two while allowing just three runs, none earned.
Edgewood's Rachel Elliot suffered the loss, allowing 15 runs on 18 Pointer hits, striking out three.
In game two, the Pointers again took the early lead, plating two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to an RBI double by Wenig and when Elyse Nelson scored on a wild pitch.
The Pointers tacked on another run in the top of the fifth when a bases-loaded walk by Wenig scored Kelly Arndt.
Edgewood plated two runs in their half of the sixth inning, cutting the Pointer lead to 3-2, but a three run seventh, sparked by an RBI triple by Wenig triple and a home run by Krueger gave the Pointers a 6-2 cushion heading into the bottom of the seventh.
In the home half of the seventh, the Eagles loaded the bases and Jessica Spitzer drove in two runs with a single to left field, cutting the deficit to 6-4. From there, Jones forced the final two outs of the inning, earning the two run victory.
Wenig led the Pointers in game two as well, going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Nelson finished the day 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Brittany Andrews suffered the loss for the Eagles, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing three hits on three runs, walking three and striking out one.
The Pointers (19-11) return to action on Thursday when they host UW-La Crosse in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) action at McCarty Memorial Field. Game one begins at 3 p.m.