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UWSP Softball unable to hold late leads in losses

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CLERMONT, Fla. – The UW-Stevens Point softball team saw its losing skid hit five games on Friday afternoon, dropping a pair of games in the final inning, dropping a 6-4 game to Bethel University and a 3-2 decision to fifth-ranked Eastern Connecticut State.

Sam Raddant (Shawano, WI/Shawano), Alicia Hahnemann (Appleton, WI/West), Katie Krueger (Plover, WI/SPASH) and Paige Meulemans (Appleton, WI/Kimberly) each tallied two hits in game one as the Pointers held a 4-0 advantage through five innings but were unable to hold off the charging Royals, who plated two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to pull away and secure the victory.

Sara Babbitts (Green Bay, WI/Ashwaubenon) suffered the loss, surrendering 10 hits in 6.2 innings of work, allowing five earned runs.

In game two, the Pointers fell behind early to the nation's fifth-ranked Warriors, as they scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third. 

In the fifth, the Pointers answered with doubles from Maddie Sawdey (Medford, WI/Medford) and Sam Raddant (Shawano, WI/Shawano) to push in front 2-1.

Clinging to a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh, the Warriors pushed the game's equalizing run across the plate and, with one out, a double to left center scored the game-winner.

Babbitts suffered the loss in game two as well, throwing 2.1 innings in relief of starter Michelle Jones (Madison, WI/La Follette).

The Pointers collected just three hits against the Warriors.

UW-Stevens Point (6-8) closes out its trip to Florida on Saturday, March 24 with a pair of games against Manchester (Ind.) and MIT. First pitch against MIT is scheduled for 12 p.m. Eastern.

Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information

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