OSHKOSH (WAOW) – Not even Lauren Watkins' grand slam in the opener could earn the Pointers a win on Wednesday afternoon as the UW-Stevens Point softball team dropped both games of a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader with the Titans of UW-Oshkosh. The Pointers dropped game one 9-6 and fell in the nightcap 15-6.
The pair of losses drops the Pointers to 20-18 overall, 4-12 in WIAC play while the Titans improve to 18-18, 6-6 in the WIAC.
In game one, the host Titans took a 3-0 lead after the first inning, a lead they would not relinquish until Lauren Watkins' grand slam in the fifth inning, knotting the score at 6-6.
Oshkosh answered back in the home half of the fifth, plating two runs on a Whitney Tornow home run to left field.
From there, the Titans' Courtney Wautier shut the Pointers offense down, retiring nine straight to end the game and earn the victory.
Cassie Krum suffered the loss for the Pointers, surrendering three runs, all earned, in 1.2 innings of work, walking four. Watkins drove in five of the Pointers six runs in the opener and was the only Pointer with multiple hits.
In game two, the Pointers jumped out to the early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Melissa Wenig and Megan Tracey each drove in runs with RBI singles.
The Titans answered back in their half of the first, plating three runs to pull back in front of the Pointers. Another three runs in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth blew the game open, pushing the host Titans in front 12-2.
The Pointers added four runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 12-6, but the Titans added three runs in the bottom of the sixth including a Tornow two-run home run, ending the game via the eight run rule.
Chelsea Hensler suffered the loss in game two, allowing five runs, all earned in one-plus innings of work. Kelly Arndt, Wenig and Sarah Butts each collected two hits and Wenig drove in three of the Pointers four runs in the loss.
The Pointers close out the regular season on Friday, weather permitting, with a nonconference tilt against Ripon College at McCarty Memorial Field in Stevens Point. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Courtesy: UW-SP Press Release