Green Bay Edges Cleveland State to Sweep Doubleheader
By: Jill Wunrow
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After the Green Bay (18-19, 7-7 HL) softball team edged Cleveland State (13-33, 5-9 HL) 5-4 in game one of its doubleheader series, the Phoenix broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly to seal the 2-1 series win.
GAME 1 - CLEVELAND STATE 4, GREEN BAY 5 - The Vikings got on the board in the first inning when reigning co-Horizon League Player of the Week Dara Toman stole third base before advancing home on the Phoenix throw for the 1-0 lead.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the second inning for Cleveland State, Megan Bashak grounded out to pitcher Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) to get the Phoenix out of the inning. The Vikings had two hits and stranded three runners on base.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Shannon Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) hit a deep ball to right center field for the double. Ashleigh Racer (Waterford, Wis.) followed up with a single to the pitcher, advancing Butts to third. Amanda Pozolinski (Appleton, Wis.) earned a walk to load the bases before Amanda Omahen (San Diego, Calif.) hit a deep ball to the right field fence, clearing the bases for the 3-1 lead and RBI double. Omahen was later stranded on base as the Phoenix scored three runs on three hits in the inning.
Caila Ferro hit an RBI single to left-center field for the Vikings with two outs in the third inning, cutting the Green Bay lead to 3-2. Hannah Yoe hit a pop up to second base as Omahen made a diving catch for the third out as Ferro was approaching the base.
Alli Rivera (Geneseo, Ill.), Paige Newtols (Green Bay, Wis.) and Shannon Butts all hit singles in the bottom of the third with two outs on the board. With the bases loaded, Racer hit a line drive to first base, retiring the inning as Just as it did the Phoenix recorded three hits but stranded three runners on base.
Pozolinski led off the bottom of the fourth with a deep double to left-center field. Four batters later, Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) hit an RBI single to shortstop, advancing Omahen to third and scoring Pozolinski for the 4-2 lead. Stacey Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) reached on an error by first baseman, scoring Omahen. With two outs and the bases loaded, Shannon Butts hit a fly ball to left field, closing the inning with two runs for the Phoenix on three hits.
The Vikings added an RBI single in the fifth inning with two outs on the board before the Vikings hit a pop up to end the inning, scoring one run on three hits while stranding three runners. With two outs in the top of the sixth, the Vikings' Sara Shields hit an RBI single to center field to cut the Green Bay lead to 5-4.
Green Bay stranded one runner in the bottom of the sixth inning before retiring the side in the top of the seventh, sealing the 5-4 win.
Nannemann picked up her 11th win of the season, pitching her 10th complete game while striking out five batters. Omahen went 3-for-2 for the Phoenix from behind the plate with three RBIs.
GAME 2 - CLEVELAND STATE 1, GREEN BAY 2 - Just like in game one of the series, Cleveland State scored in the first inning. With three runners on base, Green Bay was called for an illegal pitch, giving the Vikings the 1-0 lead at the end of the inning.
Omahen tied the game 1-1 with a lead-off homerun to left-center field in the bottom of the first. The homer was Omahen's fifth of her career and third of the season.
After three-and-a-half scoreless innings, Pozolinski led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to right field before Omahen reached on a fielder's choice, advancing Pozolinski to third on an error by the second baseman. Peerenboom followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Pozolinski for the 2-1 Phoenix lead.
Green Bay retired the side in the top of the sixth before registering two hits on offense in the bottom of the frame. The Phoenix once again retired the side in the seventh, sealing the 2-1 win.
Pitcher Alli Goecks (Beloit, Wis.) went the distance for the Phoenix, improving to 6-7 on the season, while striking out seven batters and allowing just three hits.
The Phoenix and Vikings will wrap up the three-game series Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Ben Garot Field, wrapping up its nine-game homestand. Throughout the series Green Bay is striking out Muscular dystrophy by selling t-shirts for $10 each in addition to a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the weekend events will benefit MD needs in the Green Bay area.
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