STEVENS POINT – The UW-Stevens Point softball team went into extra innings in the first game of the doubleheader against the league-leading Eagles of UW-La Crosse but fell 11-8 and came up empty in game two, losing 8-1 Thursday afternoon at McCarty Memorial Field.
Both teams were held scoreless in the first game of the doubleheader until UW- La Crosse managed to put two runs on the board in the top of the third inning. The Pointers then answered back in the bottom half of the inning, as two came around to score when Melissa Wenig reached on an error by the Eagle's second basemen Natalie Stoll.
La Crosse was able to reclaim the lead in the top half of the fourth by pushing four runs across as the Eagles had five straight reach base, taking a 6-2 advantage. The Eagles were able to tack on an unearned run in the fifth, pushing the lead to 7-2.
The Pointers strung some hits together in the bottom of the fifth against Eagles pitcher Ashley Veroeven, scoring six runs and turned a five run deficit into a one run lead. In the inning, Katie Shulfer connected with her first home run of the season as she laced a three-run shot over the left field fence.
UW-Stevens Point took a one-run lead into the seventh before Lauren Schaller lined a double off the wall, evening the score at eight apiece.
The Pointers were unable to score in the bottom half of the inning and the first game went into extra frames. La Crosse took advantage of a Stevens Point error to push across three unearned runs against Cassie Krum, taking a three run advantage into the bottom of the inning. The Pointers could not manage a base runner against Heather Schultz, and dropped the first game 11-8.
Jessica Berger, Elyse Nelson and Katie Shulfer all had three hits for the Pointers in game one and Shulfer also drove in three runners.
The Eagles were led by Schaller with three hits while Rachel Weyer, Jenna Ahnen, Katie Keyes and Cheri Pertzborn all added two.
Schultz improved her record to an impressive 15-2 after pitching five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out eight.
Krum fell to 2-3 after allowing just one earned run in five innings of work in relief.
In the nightcap the Eagles were able to hang four runs on Pointers starter Chelsea Hensler as they managed five consecutive hits to take a 4-0 advantage in the second inning.
The Pointers were able to get one run back in the bottom half of the inning on a Katie Shulfer single to right field, scoring Wenig.
In the top of the sixth the Eagles were able to put four more runs on the board, this time off Michelle Jones. Weyer, Ahnen and Cara Salm each had run-scoring hits, putting the Eagles up to 8-1.
Point was not able to advance a runner further than second base in the final two innings, resulting in an 8-1 victory for La Crosse.
Wenig led the Pointers in game two with two hits. The top three batters in the Eagles line up, Rachel Croak, Weyer and Ahenen, each had three hits and scored five of the eight runs.
Lacy Probst (6-3) pitched seven strong innings, allowing one earned run on just four hits. Hensler (7-4) suffered the loss, going two innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits.
In the two games, UW-Lacrosse stranded 18 runners while Point left 14 on base.
UW-Stevens Point (19-13, 3-7 WIAC) will host a pair of doubleheaders this weekend against UW-Stout on Saturday and UW-River Falls on Sunday. Game one is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Courtesy: UWSP Press Release