MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team earned a split on Saturday afternoon against MSOE, dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in 15 innings in the opener, before bouncing back and taking the second game 2-1 in 5 innings due to darkness on a frigid day at MSOE Athletic Field.
- Final Scores: MSOE 4, Wisconsin Lutheran 3 (15 Inn.); Wisconsin Lutheran 2, MSOE 1 (5 Inn.)
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (11-5, 3-1 NACC), MSOE (1-9, 1-3 NACC)
- Location: MSOE Athletic Field, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 62
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Warriors took the lead in the third when Taylor Bjork (Horicon, Wis./Horicon) hit an opposite field single to plate Megan Belongia (Ashwaubenon, Wis./Ashwaubenon).
- The Raiders answered, scoring three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead.
- The Warriors chipped away in the sixth when an RBI single from Kaitlyn Robison (Andalusia, Ill./Rockridge) scored Abby Mahsem (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee) to cut the Raiders' lead to 3-2.
- Bjork got the rally started for WLC in the seventh with a leadoff double. With one out, a MSOE error off the bat of Abby Akright (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap) plated Brea Johnson (Cumberland, Wis./Cumberland), who came in as a pinchrunner.
- Seven scoreless innings between both clubs followed.
- The Raiders finally broke the tie in the top of the 15th, when Katie Ready hit an RBI single to score the winning run.
- Libby Schellpfeffer (Mayville, Wis./Mayville) suffered the hard-luck loss, giving up one run on five hits in 8.0 innings of relief.
- Bjork, Robison, Schellpfeffer, and Cassie Arns (McHenry, Ill./West) each collected two hits for the Warriors in the opener.
- The 15-inning, 3:20 affair marks the second-longest game in school history. WLC played a 16-inning contest against Edgewood in 2005.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- Once again the Warriors got on the board first after Robison scored on a throwing error by the shortstop for a 1-0 lead in the third.
- The Raiders wasted no time in answering, as they knotted the score in the next half inning off a Caitlyn Moran sac fly.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Mahsem helped herself out at the plate by hitting a solo home run to left, proving to be the game winner.
- MSOE tied the game at 2-2 after the top of the sixth when umpires called the game due to darkness.
- NCAA rules state the score shall be that of the last equal inning played, giving the Warriors the 2-1 win.
- Mahsem improved her record to a perfect 4-0 in the circle, giving up one run on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
- Mahsem and Robison each collected two hits and a run scored in the contest.
FOR THE FOES
- Six players collected more than one hit each for MSOE in game one, led by three each from Moran and Beth Young.
- Shannon Curtis earned the victory, pitching all 15 innings, giving up three runs on nine hits with seven walks and 10 strikeouts.
- Moran, Callie Wightman, and Rachel Ziemba collected a hit for the Raiders in game two. Moran scored the only run for MSOE.
- Moran came up on the short end of the shortened game, taking the loss in 5.0 innings and only giving up one earned run on five hits.
- The Warriors return to NACC action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Alverno (8-12, 1-3 NACC) for a doubleheader with first pitch scheduled for Noon. The Inferno are coming off two losses against Aurora, 10-2, 11-6, on Tuesday. Links to live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com.