KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team split two games for the third straight day Thursday afternoon at the Fortune Road Softball Complex. The Warriors defeated SUNY-Plattsburgh 6-5 in game one and then fell 8-1 to Wooster in their second game of the day.
- Final Scores: Wisconsin Lutheran 6, SUNY-Plattsburgh 5; Wooster 8, Wisconsin Lutheran 1
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-3), Plattsburgh (5-5), Wooster (2-4)
- Location: Fortune Road Softball Complex, Kissimmee, Fla.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Cardinals scored in the top of the first inning when Dominique Zimmo delivered an RBI single to the right side of the infield.
- WLC answered in the home half of the first when Taylor Bjork (Horicon, Wis.) ripped a single up the middle, scoring Megan Belongia (Ashwaubenon, Wis.), who had reached base on a leadoff walk.
- Plattsburgh retook the lead in the top of the third inning when Bella Spadinger launched a two-run homerun to left center field, giving Plattsburgh a 3-1 advantage.
- Bjork delivered again with a solo shot to dead center field, bringing the Warriors within one run heading into the fourth inning.
- Arianna Sanchez (Itasca, Ill.) tied the contest at four runs apiece with a suicide squeeze that played Brea Johnson (Cumberland, Wis.).
- Sanchez gave WLC the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when she singled to left field, scoring Johnson. Karah Ritacco (Chicago, Ill.) followed with a single of her own that scored Gracie Wilson (Deerfield, Wis.).
- Bjork rounded out the scoring in the sixth inning for WLC with a grounder to the right side of the infield that allowed Belongia to cross home plate, extending the Warriors lead to 6-3.
- Spandinger struck again for the Cardinals with a double to left field that drove in two runs, bringing the Cardinals within one run. Abby Mahsem (South Milwaukee, Wis.) closed the door on Plattsburgh by striking out the final two batters of the contest, securing the 6-5 victory for the Warriors.
- Bjork led the way for WLC with a 2-for-4 effort while driving in two runs. Sanchez drove in two runs of her own and collected one base hit. Belongia reached base three times in the contest and scored two runs.
- Mahsem earned the complete game victory, striking out 11 Cardinals batters while allowing five runs.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Warriors started off strong in game two of the day, with Ritacco reaching base on a two-out single, then Bjork hit a single through the left side of the infield and an errant throw from the Wooster outfielder allowed Ritacco to score from second base.
- The Scots answered in the bottom of the first off of an infield single, tying the game at one.
- Neither team scored in the following innings until Wooster scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning after five hits and one Warriors fielding error.
- The Scots added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after a double from Maddy Chase followed by two straight singles that pushed the Wooster lead to 8-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
- Ritacco posted a 3-for-3 effort in the loss and scored the lone run of the game for WLC.
- Rebecca Foster (Spring, Texas) was handed the loss, going 4.1 innings while only allowing two earned runs.
FOR THE FOES
- Spandinger led Plattsburgh going 2-for-4 while driving in four runs.
- Rhea Pitkin took the loss for the Cardinals, going 5.1 innings while allowing six runs and walking seven batters.
- Four different Wooster batters collected two or more hits while Emmalee Cooke went 4-for-4 with three runs and one RBI.
- Olivia Johnson picked up the win, going five innings while only allowing one run, which was unearned.
- The Warriors wrap up their spring break trip in Kissimmee Friday morning when they face New York University (4-4) and Springfield (7-1). First pitch against NYU is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. CST.