Warriors fall twice in final day at Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic
WLC will next host Northland on March 24
March 17, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team dropped both of its games on Saturday at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic as the Warriors concluded their spring break trip with a 5-5 record.
In its first game of the day, WLC took on Wooster (Ohio) and fell behind early as the Fighting Scots put up six runs in the top of the first, highlighted by an inside-the-park grand slam from Lauren Swinehart.
Wooster (6-3) took advantage of several WLC errors the rest of the way and tacked on four more runs and WLC was unable muster a comeback, dropping the first game 10-0.
Kendra Thomas (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) took the loss for the Warriors as she allowed six hits and struck out one in five innings of work. Jenn Horton threw all five innings for Wooster, allowing five hits and striking out three as she was credited with the victory.
In their second game, the Warriors took on Amherst (Mass.) and suffered a 4-1 defeat. The Lord Jeffs pushed one run across in the top of the first as Reilly Horan doubled in Donna Leet to give Amherst an early edge. WLC responded, however, as Jenny Rechlicz (West Allis, Wis./Nathan Hale) hit a 3-1 pitch over the left-center field fence to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning.
Amherst responded with a run in the fourth inning on a solo home run of its own courtesy of Carolyn Miller to make the score 2-1. The Lord Jeffs (2-0) tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings as they went onto the 4-1 victory.
Thomas tossed another complete game for Wisconsin Lutheran, her eighth in six days, allowing just two earned runs and striking out two in seven innings. Arielle Doering was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game as she struck out eight and allowed five hits.
Rechlicz and Jinny Curtis (Muskego, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) each tallied two hits to pace the Wisconsin Lutheran offense. Horan finished with two hits to lead Amherst and was the only player with a multi-hit performance.
Wisconsin Lutheran wrapped up its Florida spring break trip with a 5-5 record and will return to the diamond next Saturday, March 24 for its home opener. WLC will host Northland (3-7) at Warrior Field in a non-conference doubleheader with the first pitch of game one scheduled for 12 p.m.