MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team swept non-conference opponent Mount Mary Wednesday at Warrior Field, securing an 8-3 game one victory before a game two onslaught that led to a 21-2 win.
The Warriors began building momentum in the first inning of game one, stranding two runners on base defensively before jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Alicia Barbian (Waterford, Wis./Waterford) hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first to get the offense rolling. The Blue Angels scored a run in the third, sandwiched in between two WLC one-run innings that put the score at 4-1.
Mount Mary crept as close as they would get in the fifth, scoring twice to trail by a single run. Jenny Rechlicz (West Allis, Wis./Nathan Hale) gave the Warriors a little breathing room in their half of the fifth, lifting a fly ball to leftfield that allowed Tara Degl'Innocenti (Lisle, Ill./Naperville North) to cross home from third on the sac fly.
The Blue Angels threatened again in the sixth, placing two runners on base with two outs, but couldn't push any runs across. Degl'Innocenti tripled home a run and scored another as part of a three-run Warriors sixth that helped put the game away at 8-3.
Libby Larsen (Menasha, Wis./Menasha) pitched all 7.0 innings, allowing three runs while striking out nine to pick up her second win of the season. Barbian drove in three on 2-of-3 hitting, Degl'Innocenti finished 1-for-2 with three runs and a RBI, while Brittney Blazich (Bristol, Wis./Westosha Central) was 3-for-4 with a run and RBI.
Katie Edwards took the loss, letting across eight runs in 6.0 innings. Edwards also led the Blue Angels at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Mount Mary took a 1-0 lead in the top half of game two's first inning, but the advantage would be short lived as the Warriors' offense began firing on all cylinders in their first at-bats of the game. WLC used a steady stream of runs to work its way to a seven-run inning, also taking advantage of two errors in the frame.
Niki Cottini (Plainfield, Ill./North) kept the pressure on in the second, plating two more runs with a single, followed by an Abby Wichgers (Muskego, Wis./Muskego) sacrifice fly that made the score 10-1. The Warriors bats remained unrelenting in the third, pounding out seven hits and pouring on seven more runs to open up a 17-1 advantage.
The Blue Angels squeezed through a run in the fourth, but struck out with the bases loaded to limit the damage they could inflict. WLC tacked on four more runs for good measure in the fourth to put the final at 21-2.
Larsen improved to 3-5 in the circle on the year, scattering four hits over 5.0 innings and adding six strikeouts. Cottini led the offensive charge, going 3-for-5 with three runs and five RBI. Dayan Gacgacao (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) went 3-for-4 with a run and four RBI, Wichgers went 1-for-3 with three runs and two RBI, while Kaitlyn Robison (Andalusia, Ill./Rockridge) went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. Four additional Warriors scored two runs each.
Lauren Wiech suffered the loss for MMU (3-23), giving up 15 earned runs in 4.0 innings on 17 hits. Edwards went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.
WLC (17-13, 7-5 NACC) returns to conference play Thursday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader against Lakeland (11-15, 3-11 NACC) at Warrior Field. The Warriors will be the visiting team for both games as the twinbill was originally scheduled to be played in Sheboygan, but was moved to Milwaukee due to field conditions.