STEVENS POINT (PRESS RELEASE)– The UW-Stevens Point softball team could not make up any ground on the UW-River Falls Falcons in the WIAC standings as they dropped game one 6-4 and were shut out 2-0 in the second game Tuesday afternoon at McCarty Memorial Field.
UW-River Falls 6 - UW-Stevens Point 4 (11 innings) | UW-River Falls 2 - UW-Stevens Point 0
UW-Stevens Point pushed across the first run of the contest in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a booming home run by Katie Krueger. Jessica Berger was added one more run in the third as she drove in Jena Ansorge on a single up the middle for a 2-0 lead.
The Falcons then scored four consecutive runs in the fourth and fifth innings, capped off by a two-run home run by Hayley Buchanan, giving River Falls a 4-2 advantage.
In the fifth, Sarah Butts got one run back for the Pointers when she singled home Lauren Watkins, cutting the deficit to 4-3 Falcons.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Butts was tied the game up after she lined a single off Falcons pitcher Nicole Osmonson's glove, scoring Bryanna Tremillo.
Neither team was able to score until the 11th inning when River Falls' Buchanan knocked her third and fourth RBIs in of the game on a double off the centerfield wall, edging the Falcons in front 6-4.
The Pointers were unable to push any runs across in the bottom of the 11th, dropping game one 6-4.
Butts led the Pointers with three hits and two RBIs while Watkins added two hits of her own.
Jessica Lundgren and Buchanan had three hits each for the Falcons.
Nichole Osmonson picked up the win in relief, allowing one run while striking out eight in 6.1 innings. Cassie Krum suffered the loss allowing two runs, both earned, in five innings of work.
In the nightcap, both teams were held scoreless until the top half of the third when Patty Olson doubled home Nichole Lubahn, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Flacons added one more run in the fifth, this time on a single by Buchanan.
That was all the pitching combination of Jamie Klein and Rose Tusa needed, as they shut down the Pointers in the second game.
Point was able to load the bases in the bottom half of the ninth, but Tusa struck out Kimberly Liegel to sweep the Pointers with a 2-0 shutout victory.
Berger, Watkins and Krueger all had two-hit games for Point. Olson and Ashley Goettl led the Falcons with two hits apiece.
Klein picked up the win, going 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and struck out three. Michelle Jones suffered the loss after giving up one earned run in 3.1 innings of work.
UW-Stevens Point (20-16, 4-10 WIAC) will close out their conference regular season games at they travel to UW-Oshkosh for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 28. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. The showdown has playoff implications, as both the Titans and Pointers sit tied for the sixth and final spot in the WIAC postseason tournament.