Goecks' First Game Gem Helps Green Bay Earn Split
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Junior Allison Goecks (Beloit, Wis.) took a no-hitter into the final inning of game one, sparking a 4-1 win over Butler as Green Bay (14-17, 3-5 HL) split a Horizon League doubleheader with the visiting Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Ben Garot Field. Butler won a back and forth nightcap in 10 innings, downing the Phoenix 9-7.
In the two contests, senior Amanda Omahen (San Diego, Calif.) went 5-for-6 from the plate, including 4-for-4 in the second game, drove in four runs and scored three times.
The two teams will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at Garot Field with first pitch slated for 12 p.m.
Green Bay 4, Butler 1
In support of Goecks' strong pitching on the mound, Green Bay's offense jumped out early on the Bulldogs with three runs in the second frame. Stacey Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) opened the inning with a walk but still stood at first after a pair of outs. After a hit by pitch put two runners on, Omahen tripled to right center field to give the Phoenix a 2-0 lead. Senior Amanda Pozolinski (Appleton, Wis.) followed by driving a double off the wall for a 3-0 edge.
Junior Danielle Peerenboom (Appleton, Wis.) added a run to the Phoenix line with a solo home run to center field. The homer was Peerenbom's first of her junior campaign.
Goecks took it from there, cruising on the mound through the first six innings. Heading into the seventh frame, the junior had retired the last nine Bulldog hitters in order.
After retiring the first batter in the seventh on a flyout, Goecks finally allowed her first hit on a bloop single by Butler's Mallory Winters. The Bulldogs would tack on a run to spoil the shutout before the Green Bay defense ended the game with a double play.
In the complete game, Goecks allowed two hits and one run while striking out seven and walking four to improve to 5-5 on the season.
Game 2: Butler
9, Green Bay 8 (10)
Butler jumped out early in the second game of the twinbill, scoring four runs off Goecks in the opening inning. Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) entered in relief and began to quiet the Bulldog bats with four scoreless frames.
Nannemann's effort helped the Phoenix rally, beginning with two runs in its half of the first inning. Alli Rivera (Geneseo, Ill.) had the first of her three hits in the game with an RBI single while Shannon Butts drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Phoenix tied the game in the fourth inning when Rivera laced a two run double into the gap in right-center field, scoring both Omahen and Peerenboom. Rivera was 3-for-5 in the game with three RBI.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Green Bay made it seven unanswered runs with a three-run frame. Paige Newtols (Green Bay, Wis.) singled in the first run for the lead before Omahen ripped a two-run single to left field for a 7-4 lead.
The Phoenix lead was still 7-5 entering the top of the seventh with Green Bay looking to complete the doubleheader sweep. However, two walks, a single and a hit by pitch allowed a Butler run to cross the plate before an out had been recorded. After a fielder's choice groundout put an out on the board, Butler's Callie Dennison blooped a ball behind second base. Omahen made a diving grab for the out, but Krista Hakola tagged up and scored just in front of the throw to tie the score and send the teams to extra innings.
Green Bay loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, but a strikeout and a lineout double play ended the threat. Neither team scored in the ninth, setting the stage for an exciting 10th inning.
In the top of the inning, Butler's Lauren McNulty drilled her second solo home run of the game with one out to break the tie, and the Bulldogs added what proved to be an important insurance run. In the bottom of the frame, Omahen's fourth hit preceded a hit by Peerenboom. After a Rivera was hit by a pitch with two outs, freshman Miranda Spangberg (Wausau, Wis.) worked bases-loaded walk to cut the deficit to 9-8. However, Miranda Reinke's (Milwaukee, Wis.) hard-hit fielder's choice to third ended the threat.
Goecks (5-6) took the loss, starting the contest and coming on in relief in the eighth inning. Nannemann worked seven innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits while striking out four.
The two teams will conclude the three-game series on Sunday with a contest at 12 p.m.
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