Pitching Dominates As Warriors Win Two Thursday

Pitching Dominates As Warriors Win Two Thursday

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WLCSports.com) – Led by complete game performances from Jessie Rago (Elgin, Ill.) and Abby Mahsem (South Milwaukee, Wis.), the Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team picked up two wins Thursday at the Spring Games. Rago allowed just one earned run over seven innings as WLC defeated Haverford in game one and Mahsem followed suit, allowing just four hits and striking out nine as the Warriors downed Thomas More 2-1 in game two.

  • Final Scores: Wisconsin Lutheran 6, Haverford 3; Wisconsin Lutheran 2, Thomas More 1
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (7-1), Haverford (5-2), Thomas More (4-4)
  • Location: DiamondPlex Complex, Winter Haven, Fla.

  • Rago sat down the Fords in order in the top of the first inning and the Warriors scored three runs in the bottom half, powered by singles from Megan Belongia (Ashwaubenon, Wis.), Mahsem, and Maddie Lindemann (Watertown, Wis.), putting WLC ahead 3-0 after one inning.
  • Haverford answered with a run in the top of the second inning, but Wisconsin Lutheran responded with runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, pushing its lead to 5-1 through three.
  • WLC increased its lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth after Gracie Wilson (Deerfield, Wis.) bunted for a single that allowed Davina Gutierrez (Chicago, Ill.) to score from third.
  • Haverford scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning after two hits and an error, but the Warriors maintained a 6-3 lead headed into the bottom of the sixth.
  • The Fords collected two straight singles in the seventh, but Rago kept Haverford from scoring, preserving the 6-3 victory.
  • Belongia and Lindemann collected two hits each while Wilson, Morini, and Karah Ritacco (Chicago, Ill.) all drove in runs.
  • Rago earned the win in the circle, allowing one earned run over 7.0 innings while striking out five.

  • The Saints struck first in the bottom of the first after two straight singles, but WLC answered back in the top of the second when Melissa Ericson (Lisle, Ill.) doubled to left, driving in Lindemann, who had reached on a fielder's choice.
  • After two scoreless frames, the Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth when Brea Johnson (Cumberland, Wis.) walked to start the inning, then scored after two consecutive errors from TMU.
  • Mahsem shut down the Saints over the final three innings, allowing just two baserunners and striking out five.
  • Mahsem collected two hits and also earned the win in the circle, allowing just six baserunners over the complete game while striking out nine Saints.
  • Ericson drove in the lone run for the Warriors while Johnson and Lindemann each scored once.

  • Emma Souter and Temma Levis collected two hits for the Fords while Levis drove in two runs.
  • Briana Quinn suffered the loss in game one, allowing three earned runs over two innings.
  • Whitney Quillen led Thomas More with two hits and scored one run.
  • Alix DeDreu earned the loss in game two, allowing just two runs over seven innings. 

  • The Warriors conclude play in the Spring Games Friday when they take on Marietta (6-1) and Keene State (3-5). First pitch against Marietta is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. EST.