CLERMONT, Fla. – The UW-Stevens Point softball team ended its spring break trip to Florida on Saturday with a pair of victories over MIT and Manchester. The pair of victories snapped a five-game losing streak and capped a 4-8 trip for the Pointers.
The Pointers opened the day against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and scored two runs in the first inning as Sam Raddant (Shawano, WI/Shawano) and Britanny Sass (Appleton, WI/East) reached base and came around to score, giving UWSP the 2-0 edge.
In the third, the Pointers added an insurance run as Paige Meulemans (Appleton, WI/Kimberly) drove in Alicia Hahnemann (Appleton, WI/West), giving the Pointers a 3-0 edge.
The Engineers (0-2) made things interesting in the game's final inning, pushing two runs across had runners at first and second with two outs before Sara Babbitts (Green Bay, WI/Ashwaubenon) forced a line-out to first base to end the game.
Michelle Jones (Madison, WI/La Follette) earned the victory, throwing four innings of three-hit ball, not surrendering a run and striking out three. Babbitts earned the save, pitching the final three innings in relief.
In game two, Manchester plated a run in the top of the first, but UWSP answered back in the home half of the inning when Sass scored on a Katie Krueger (Plover, WI/SPASH) single.
The Pointers tacked on another run in the second when Alyssa Trautman (Middleton, WI/Middleton) led off the inning with a double and Sam Salomone came around to score as a pinch-runner.
A solo home run by Kelly Arndt (Ashwaubenon, WI/Ashwaubenon) to lead off the fourth gave the Pointers a 3-1 advantage.
Manchester cut the Pointers lead to one, 3-2 n the top of the sixth, but UWSP poured on the runs in the bottom of the inning, plating on four runs aided by a two-RBI single by Meulemans and a double by Katie Shulfer (Stevens Point, WI/SPASH), giving the Pointers a 7-2 lead heading to the seventh.
In the final inning, Manchester made things interesting, pushing four runs across with two outs, but Sarah Babbitts was able to close out the game and secure the one-run victory.
UWSP (8-8) returns to action in Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 28 with a nonconference doubleheader against Marian University in Fond du Lac. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Pointers then open the 2012 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule on Saturday, March 31 at UW-Eau Claire.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information