Warriors swept in home-opening doubleheader
Curtis goes 4-for-4 in game one
March 24, 2012
MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team was swept in its home-opening doubleheader on Saturday against Northland as the Warriors fell by scores of 11-8 and 11-2.
In the opening game, WLC built an early lead as Jinny Curtis (Muskego, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) doubled in Mindy Schalinske (Burlington, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) to take a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
The top of the second brought bad news for Wisconsin Lutheran as a line drive hit starting pitcher Kendra Thomas (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) in her pitching hand forcing her to leave the game.
WLC escaped the second inning and went to work offensively in the bottom half of the frame as it plated five runs for a 6-0 advantage. Jenny Rechlicz (West Allis, Wis./Nathan Hale), Sarah Conwell (Pleasant Prairie, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) and Andria Wolske (Eau Claire, Mich./Grace Christian) hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to start the inning and Curtis roped a two-RBI double of her own to help the Warriors plate the five runs.
Northland answered, however, with seven runs in the top of the third and three more in the top of the fourth to take a 10-6 lead. The LumberJills tacked on one more in the seventh to take an 11-6 advantage into the bottom of the seventh.
Wisconsin Lutheran rallied back, but ultimately fell short as the Warriors plated two runs in the final frame, falling 11-8. Curtis and Schalinske recorded hits in the inning, while Lauren Mantz (West Bend, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) drove in a run.
Curtis had herself a great game offensively as the sophomore shortstop went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBI. Schalinske also scored two runs for WLC. Angelena Koosmann went 3-for-4 to lead Northland (5-7) as she also drove in two runs.
Kylie Garing picked up the win for the LumberJills, throwing five innings in relief and allowing two runs on three hits, striking out one. Curtis took the loss throwing 5 and 2/3 innings of relief after Thomas' departure.
Game two started much like the first as WLC built an early lead scoring two runs in the bottom of the first, despite not recording a hit in the inning. Schalinske and Curtis both scored runs in the frame and both players also stole a base in the first to help the Warriors take a 2-0 lead.
Northland again answered as it plated runs in every inning, except for the fifth, the rest of the way, including four in the third and three more in the seventh to take game two 11-2.
Mantz had the only hit in game two for the Warriors, a single in the sixth inning. Koosman again had three hits for the LumberJills and drove in three more runs to pace the Northland offense as she and Jayna Loy belted home runs during game two.
Loy also picked up the win in the circle allowing just one hit in the complete game effort. Wolske was credited with the loss, tossing a complete game of her own.
Wisconsin Lutheran (5-7) will have the week off before returning to the diamond next Saturday when it hosts Maranatha in its conference-opening doubleheader at Warrior Field. First pitch of game one is set for 12 p.m.