WHITEWATER, Wis. – The UW-Stevens Point softball team gave the seventh-ranked Warhawks of UW-Whitewater all they could handle on Thursday afternoon, but dropped both games of a doubleheader 6-3 and 9-7 in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) play.
Scoreless through two, the host Warhawks struck first in the home half of the third inning, capitalizing on a UWSP error, to score four runs.
Kelly Arndt (Ashwaubenon, WI/Ashwaubenon)'s two RBI single in the fourth cut the deficit in half, 4-2.
In the sixth, the host Warhawks plated a pair of runs to take a 6-2 lead.
Maddie Sawdey (Medford, WI/Medford) led off the seventh with a solo home run as the Pointers pulled to within three, 6-3. UWSP went on to load the bases with two outs in the final inning, but the Warhawks ended the threat to secure the victory.
Michelle Jones (Madison, WI/La Follette) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, three earned on eight hits, striking out 10. Katie Krueger (Plover, WI/SPASH)finished the game with three this while Arndt drove in two of the team's three runs.
In game two, the Warhawks struck early, plating six runs in the opening inning to take the early lead.
UW-Stevens Point slowly chipped away at the lead, plating two runs in the second on a two-run home run by Katie Shulfer (Stevens Point, WI/SPASH). A bases-loaded walk in the sixth gave the Pointers another run to pull within two, 7-5.
In the seventh, the Pointers capitalized on a UWW error and a Jordon Schreiner (Kaukauna, WI/Kaukauna) single to fight back and tie the score at 7-7.
In the home half of the seventh, the Warhawks' Emily Epifanio ended the game with a two-run blast, giving UWW the victory.
Bekah Rennicke (Mequon, WI/Homestead) received a no decision for the Pointers, throwing 2.2 innings, allowing seven runs, six earned, on five hits. Jones took the loss, throwing the final 3.1 innings, allowing two runs, both earned, and struck out four.
Schreiner and Shulfer each recorded three hits on the afternoon.
UW-Stevens Point (10-12, 0-4 WIAC) returns home to face defending WIAC champion UW-River Falls on Friday, April 6 at McCarty Memorial Field in Stevens Point. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information