UWSP softball falls short in comeback bid against Platteville
STEVENS POINT, Wis. – After losing the first game 11-4, the UW-Stevens Point softball team’s attempted comeback in game two came up short as UW-Platteville completed the doubleheader sweep with a 9-8 win on Tuesday afternoon at McCarty Memorial Field.
UW-Platteville 11, UW-Stevens Point 4
Eight of nine starters for UW-Platteville (16-20, 5-7 WIAC) recorded at least one hit and seven scored at least once in the opener. Becca Lowe led the way by going 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI.
After scoring single runs in the third and fourth, the Pioneers scored three in the fifth and six in the sixth to take an 11-1 lead. Carley Rote and Ellyn Goerdt singled in runs with the bases loaded in the fifth. In the sixth, UW-Platteville recorded strings of three and four consecutive hits in a seven-hit inning.
Paige Meulemans (Appleton, WI/Kimberly) provided half of the UW-Stevens Point (10-19, 1-11 WIAC) offense with a two-run home run in the sixth, her first long ball of the season. Katie Thompson (Baldwin, WI/Baldwin-Woodville) had a pair of hits, including a fifth-inning RBI single and a single in the sixth that led to the Pointers’ final run.
Jess Butzen picked up the win for UW-Platteville by going all seven innings and recorded nine strikeouts. The Pioneers scored four times off UWSP starter Miranda Morrison (Madison, WI/East) in four innings before Sydney Gorges (Hortonville, WI/Hortonville) came on for the final three innings.
UW-Platteville 9, UW-Stevens Point 8
Trailing 6-0 after an inning and a half, the Pointers built an 8-7 lead after four innings, only to see the Pioneers score the final two runs of the game. Rote plated the winning run in the seventh with an RBI single to left that scored Lowe in a game that saw 28 combined hits.
UW-Platteville had seven hits in a six-run second inning. Goerdt started the scoring with a home run to left, while Lisa Karau and Rote each knocked in two runs with hits.
Thompson got the comeback started with her second home run of the season, a solo shot to left center in the second. Later in the inning, Sam Raddant (Shawano, WI/Shawano) drove in a pair with a double to make it 6-3.
The Pointers turned a 7-4 deficit into an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the fourth, as the first five batters all reached base in the frame. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Maddie Sawdey (Medford, WI/Medford) drove in one with an infield hit. Two batters later, Bekah Rennicke (Mequon, WI/Homestead) gave UW-Stevens Point the lead with a two-run single to left.
The Pioneers tied the game in the fifth after an error on a hit by Lowe. The visitors went on to claim the win in the seventh. MJ Patten and Haley Salazar each had four hits in game two.
Butzen earned her second win of the day by pitching four innings of scoreless relief for UW-Platteville.
Morrison logged 5.1 innings in relief for the Pointers and gave up 10 hits but yielded just one earned run.
UW-Stevens Point continues a stretch of doubleheaders on three consecutive days by hosting UW-La Crosse on Wednesday, April 23. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.