Warriors Sweep Pioneers, Owls In Florida Finales

Photo Credit: WLC Athletic Communications
Photo Credit: WLC Athletic Communications

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WLCSports.com) – Jessie Rago (Elgin, Ill.) allowed just one hit over seven innings as the Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team defeated the Keene St. Owls 6-0 Friday afternoon in game two of the day. The Warriors downed Marietta 10-0 in five innings in the opener. WLC concludes its spring trip with a 7-1 record and improves to 9-1 overall, the best start in program history. 

  • Final Scores: Wisconsin Lutheran 10, Marietta 0; Wisconsin Lutheran 6, Keene St. 0
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (9-1), Marietta (6-3), Keene St. (4-6)
  • Location: Fortune Road Athletic Complex, Kissimmee, Fla.

  • Gracie Wilson (Deerfield, Wis.) led off the game with a hit by pitch, then Megan Belongia (Ashwaubenon, Wis.) doubled down the left field line. Karah Ritacco (Chicago, Ill.) ripped a single back up the middle that scored Wilson and Belongia, then scored after a single from Abby Mahsem (South Milwaukee, Wis.) to put WLC up 3-0.
  • Ileana Fierro (Chicago, Ill.) followed with an RBI single of her own, then Melissa Ericson (Lisle, Ill.) launched a two-run home run, the first of her career, to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead after one inning.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran loaded the bases in the top of fourth inning and Mahsem drove in two with a single down the left field line to increase WLC's lead to 8-0 in the fourth inning.
  • The Warriors added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning after two double steals to push their lead to 10-0 through the top of the fifth.
  • Mahsem sat down the Pioneers in order in the bottom of the fifth to secure the 10-0 win in five innings.
  • Ericson led the Warriors with her first career home run and two RBIs, while Mahsem went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
  • Five different Warriors stole bases in the game as WLC collected nine hits.
  • Mahsem earned the win in the circle, throwing five innings while allowing just two hits and striking out seven.

  • After a hitless opening inning for both squads, Jules Morini (Chicago, Ill.) smacked a two-out double to the gap in right-center field, but the Warriors were unable to plate the run.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran broke open the scoring in the bottom of the third inning after a perfect bases-loaded bunt from Belongia scored one run, then Ritacco singled down the right field line to extend WLC's lead to 2-0 with nobody out and the bases loaded.
  • Mahsem drove in another run with an RBI groundout, then Maddie Lindemann (Watertown, Wis.) plated another run with a fielder's choice. Morini drove in two more runs for the Warriors with a single to right field, giving the them a 6-0 lead after three innings.
  • Rago continued to dominate in the circle and carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, but the Owls collected their first hit of the contest with two outs in the top of the inning.
  • Morini led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs, while Belongia, Ritacco, Mahsem, and Lindemann tallied RBIs.
  • Rago earned the win in game two, allowing just one hit over seven innings with one strikeout.

  • Ashton Helmke and Reagan Tom collected the lone hits for the Pioneers.
  • Jackie Mulvain suffered the loss in the circle for Marietta, allowing eight runs in 3+ innings.
  • Lauren Rousseau had the lone hit for Keene State in game two.
  • Alexis Blanchard suffered the loss in game two, allowing four earned runs over 2+ innings. 

  • The Warriors begin Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play next weekend when they travel to Rosemont, Illinois to take on Dominican. The Stars (7-5) play two doubleheaders before hosting WLC next week.