STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The UW-Stevens Point softball team dropped a pair of games to the Pioneers of UW-Platteville on Saturday afternoon, falling by scores of 9-0 in five innings and 3-1.
The Pointers could not capitalize on an early base-runner and in the second inning, the visiting Pioneers put a run on the board thanks to an RBI single by Audrey Gronen.
In the second, the Pioneers added a pair of runs on a two-run home run by Ashlen Folkers, giving UWP the 3-0 advantage.
In the fifth, the Pioneers pushed six runs across aided by a grand slam home run by Molly Rice to take the 9-0 advantage.
In the home half of the fifth, the Pointers put runners on first and second with one out but Platteville starting pitcher Melissa Anderson got the Pioneers out of the jam and secured the run-shortened victory.
The Pointers' offense was stifled in game one, collecting just two hits of Platteville's Anderson.
Sara Babbitts (Green Bay, WI/Ashwaubenon) suffered the loss, allowing three runs, all earned, in three innings of work. Bekah Rennicke (Mequon, WI/Homestead) threw two innings in relief, allowing six runs, two earned.
Scoreless through two innings in game two, the Pioneers plated three runs in the third, all with two outs, to take the 3-0 lead.
The Pointers pushed across their only run of the game in the home half of the third, as Sam Raddant (Shawano, WI/Shawano) scored on an error by the third baseman before the Pioneers once again ended the threat.
Michelle Jones (Madison, WI/La Follette), who entered in the third, stifled the Pioneer bats the rest of the way, surrendering just two hits and one walk, striking out seven.
The Pointers runners into scoring position three times in the final innings but were unable to plate any more runs, falling by the final score of 3-1.
Babbitts took the loss in game two as well, surrendering all three Pioneer runs in 2.2 innings.
Bekah Rennicke (Mequon, WI/Homestead) finished game two 3-for-3 while Jordon Schreiner (Kaukauna, WI/Kaukauna) and Katie Krueger (Plover, WI/SPASH) each collected a pair of hits in the loss.
UW-Stevens Point (11-17, 1-7 WIAC) is scheduled to return to action on Sunday, April 15 with a pair of conference games against the Eagles of UW-La Crosse. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. at McCarty Memorial Field in Stevens Point.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information