TUCSON, Ariz. - The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team used an eight-run fourth inning to power past Dickinson (Pa.) 15-4 and earn a split of its pair of games played Monday at Lincoln Park. The Warriors (2-2) suffered a 10-8 defeat to Alfred (N.Y.) in the first game of the day.
WLC fell behind Alfred 7-2 after four innings, but put together a spectacular rally to grab the lead in the sixth. Emily Sievert (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) ripped an RBI double to center and Dayan Gacgacao (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 7-4. Morgan O'Hanlon (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) knocked a two-run single to right, and a third run came home after an error on the play to tie the game at seven. O'Hanlon scored on a wild pitch to put the Warriors ahead 8-7.
The Saxons (1-1) responded in the bottom of the inning, as Samijo Scheer hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game before Nicole Maher hammered an RBI double to center and Nora Passuite brought Maher home with a triple to give Alfred a 10-8 lead.
Alfred initially grabbed the lead on Scheer's sac fly in the third. WLC answered with two in the fourth on Mindy Schalinske's (Burlington, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) sac fly, with an error bringing another run home on the play. The Saxons exploded for six in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run double by Liz Thompson and a two-run homer by Scheer.
Tara Degl'Innocenti (Lisle, Ill./Naperville North) was 3-for-3 in the game with a pair of runs scored and O'Hanlon was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Libby Larsen (Menasha, Wis./Menasha) (0-2) allowed three runs in two innings for the loss.
Scheer was 1-for-2 with four RBI for the Saxons and Thompson was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Tori Kramp (1-0) pitched a scoreless third of an inning for the victory and Katelyn Jakobsen tossed a scoreless seventh for the save.
The Warriors wasted no time getting on the board in their second game of the day, opening with a six-run first inning. Degl'Innocenti reached on a fielder's choice that scored a run and Sievert got aboard on an error that brought home another. Alicia Barbian (Waterford, Wis./Waterford) smacked a two-run ground-rule double down the left field line and Schalinske followed with an RBI single. Abby Wichgers (Muskego, Wis./Muskego) tacked on an RBI groundout to make it 6-0.
Dickinson (2-2) cut the lead in half in the third on a three-run homer by Grace Edelson. Gacgacao's run-scoring infield single in the bottom of the frame pushed WLC's lead to 7-3, but the Red Devils pulled the run back in the fourth on a solo shot by Micki Crouch.
The first two Warriors hitters were retired to start the bottom of the fourth before they put together nine straight hits, leading to eight runs. Sievert, Barbian, Wichgers, and Gacgacao each drove in a run in the frame and Jinny Curtis (Muskego, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) capped the inning with a two-run triple.
Kendra Thomas (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) held Dickinson scoreless in the fifth, allowing WLC to win by run rule after five innings. Thomas (2-0) allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings for the win.
Barbian was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs in the nightcap. Brittney Blazich (Bristol, Wis./Westosha Central) was 3-for-4 and Curtis, Sievert, and Schalinske registered two hits apiece.
Edelson was 2-for-2 with three RBI for the Red Devils and Stacie Maring was 2-for-3. Cassie Blyler (0-1) suffered the loss.
Wisconsin Lutheran resumes play in Tucson Tuesday when it faces Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) (2-2) at 1 p.m. CST and Jamestown (N.D.) (1-6) at 3:30 p.m. CST. Live stats for the Baldwin Wallace game will be available at wlcsports.com.