Mahsem Sets Strikeout Record As WLC Defeats Dominican

Mahsem Sets Strikeout Record As WLC Defeats Dominican

MONTGOMERY, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – Abby Mahsem (South Milwaukee, Wis.) set a NACC Tournament record with 17 strikeouts as the sixth-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team came from behind to defeat the fifth-seeded Dominican Stars Friday afternoon in game five of the 2019 NACC Tournament. The 12-inning win is the longest game in NACC Tournament history and with the win, the Warriors advance to play the winner of third-seeded Aurora and top-seeded Concordia Wisconsin later today.

  • Final Score: No. 6 Wisconsin Lutheran 5, No. 5 Dominican 4
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (23-16), Domincan (23-19)
  • Location: Bedrosian Stadium, Montgomery, Ill.

  • Dominican jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning after three hits, highlighted by a two-RBI double.
  • Gracie Wilson (Deerfield, Wis.) and Melissa Ericson (Lisle, Ill.) led off the third inning with singles. Mahsem drove in Wilson for her career-leading 82nd RBI, followed by a two-run single from Karah Ritacco (Chicago, Ill.) to cut the Stars' lead to just one run after three innings.
  • Both teams struggled to put runners on until the seventh when Ritacco reached on an error, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brea Johnson (Cumberland, Wis.). Davina Gutierrez (Chicago, Ill.) lofted a ball into left field that was dropped, allowing Ritacco to score from second base and tying the game at 4-4 through seven innings.
  • The Warriors threatened in the 10th inning when Aerin Moberg (Wheaton, Ill.) walked and Wilson was hit by a pitch, but WLC was unable to score.
  • Once again, Wisconsin Lutheran had two runners on in the 11th, but two straight flyouts saw the game head to 12 innings, the longest in NACC Tournament history.
  • Wilson singled in the 12th inning, then Ericson walked to move the runner to second base. Ritacco reached base on a DU error to load the bases, then Ileana Fierro (Chicago, Ill.) reached on an infield single to score Wilson from third and give the Warriors their first lead of the game, 5-4.
  • Mahsem worked around a two-out single in the bottom of the 12th inning to close out the game, giving WLC the 5-4 marathon victory.
  • Wilson led the Warriors with three hits and two runs, while Ericson and Ritacco each added two hits.
  • Mahsem earned the win, allowing four earned runs over 12.0 innings with a NACC Tournament-record 17 strikeouts. The senior allowed just three batters to reach base over the final five innings.

  • Gabby Curan led DU with three hits while Kenna Piercall drove in two runs for the Stars.
  • Allyson Dilday suffered the loss, allowing two unearned runs over 8.1 innings in relief.

  • The Warriors advance to play their third game of the 2019 NACC Tournament where they will face the winner of third-seeded Aurora and top-seeded Concordia Wisconsin. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday at Bedrosian Stadium.