STEVENS POINT – The UW-Stevens Point softball team put seven runs on the board in the home half of the third inning and used a nine hit performance from Cassie Krum to earn a split with the Blue Devils of UW-Sout Monday afternoon on Senior Day at McCarty Memorial Field. The Pointers dropped the opener 2-1.
The Pointers held the lead in the opener, when Lauren Watkins led off the second inning with a double and later scored on a Katie Krueger single.
The Blue Devils answered in their half of the fifth inning, when Lacey Joslin walked and later scored on a Kat Nelson double. Stout tacked another run on in the sixth when a leadoff solo homerun by Alison Grey put the visitors in front 2-1.
Blue Devil starter Krissy Hoffman kept the Pointers off balance the rest of the way, as the visitors held on for the 2-1 victory.
Michelle Jones suffered the loss, allowing just four hits and two runs, both earned, striking out two. Offensively no one had more than one hit for the Pointers and Watkins scored the only run for the Pointers.
Hoffman went the distance for Stout, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out two.
In game two, the Pointers led off the game with back-to-back singles and loaded the bases on a Melissa Wenig single to left field. A fielding miscue by the Blue Devils led to Sarah Butts scoring on a fielder's choice and Jessica Berger came around to score on a wild pitch, putting the Pointers in front 2-0.
Watkins added another run for the Pointers in the second inning, as she connected on a Hoffman pitch and sent it over the left field wall for her team-leading fifth home run of the season.
In the third, the Pointers brought 13 batters to the plate against Hoffman, hanging a seven spot on the visitors to go in front 10-1.
In the fifth, the Stout scored two runs to cut the deficit to 10-3 and added another run in the seventh to make the final 10-4.
Krum pitched the complete game to earn her 3rd win of the season.
The Pointers (20-14, 4-8 WIAC) return to action Tuesday afternoon when they host UW-River Falls in the final conference home games of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.