RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team dropped two contests on the road versus the Concordia Chicago Cougars Saturday in River Forest, Ill. The Cougars used a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 11th inning to take game one, then loaded the bases and drew a walk-off walk to take game two, both by one run.
- Final Scores: Concordia Chicago 5, Wisconsin Lutheran 4; Concordia Chicago 7, Wisconsin Lutheran 6
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (15-19, 10-10 NACC), Concorida Chicago (24-11, 15-5 NACC)
- Location: CUC Softball Field, River Forest, Ill.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Cougars got on the board in the bottom of the second inning after a leadoff single, then a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to second base followed by an RBI single to left field.
- WLC responded in the top of the third inning after loading the bases, then Ellen Davis (Greendale, Wis.) launched a grand slam to dead center field, giving WLC a 4-1 advantage.
- The Warriors carried their 4-1 lead into the seventh inning until the Cougars loaded the bases with just one out, then a sacrifice fly scored one run and a double down the left field line tied the contest at 4-4 and sent the game into extra innings.
- CUC nearly took the game in the bottom of the ninth inning after putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Abby Mahsem (South Milwaukee, Wis.) escaped the inning.
- The Warriors threatened in the top of the 10th after putting two runners on base to open the inning, but failed to plate the runners.
- The Cougars threatened again in the bottom of the 10th after two singles, but Mahsem again escaped the jam with a pop out and a groundout to end the inning.
- Karah Ritacco (Chicago, Ill.) singled in the top of the 11th inning and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt, then to third on a wild pitch with two outs. Maddie Lindemann (Watertown, Wis.) and Brea Johnson (Cumberland, Wis.) walked to load the bases with two outs, but the Warriors again were unable to do any damage.
- CUC ended the contest in the bottom of the 11th with a leadoff homerun, taking the 5-4 victory.
- Four different Warriors collected hits in game one, while Davis drove in all four runs.
- Mahsem took the loss, going 10.0 innings while allowing five earned runs and striking out seven.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- CUC opened game two with a three-run first inning, powered by a two-run homerun from Marita Van Dyke.
- Davis got a run back for the Warriors in the top of the third with a solo shot to left field, her second of the day.
- The Cougars pushed their lead to four runs in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double from Stefanie D'Anna, then a single from Van Dyke that plated D'Anna.
- WLC fought back in the top of the fifth with an RBI single from Mahsem then a single from Maddie Lindemann that scored Mahsem, bringing WLC within two runs.
- The Warriors tied the contest at 5-5 in the top of the sixth after a bases-loaded single from Taylor Bjork (Horicon, Wis.), scoring Davis and Megan Belongia (Ashwaubenon, Wis.).
- CUC took back the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning after Van Dyke singled to left center, scoring D'Anna.
- Down to their final three outs, the Warriors rallied and tied the contest at 6-6 after Mary Lynn Clausen (Montgomery, Ill.) launched a solo shot to left field, forcing the game to go to extra innings.
- The Cougars loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and drew a walk to plate the winning run, taking the 7-6 victory in game two.
- Davis and Clausen both hit solo homeruns in game two, while Bjork added two RBIs.
- Grace Dornbush (Clinton, Iowa.) took the loss in game two, allowing two runs over 2+ innings.
FOR THE FOES
- Four different Cougars collected multiple hits in game one, while Melissa Balkema hit the walk-off homerun. Marita Van Dyke collected the win in game one, throwing all 11.0 innings while allowing just four hits and four unearned runs.
- Van Dyke drove in four runs in game two while Julianne Nation earned the win, allowing four runs over 6+ innings of work.
- The Warriors play for the third straight day Sunday as they travel across town to face Alverno (14-22, 6-14 NACC) in a regular season finale doubleheader. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.