Green Bay Splits Home Opener with Wisconsin
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Freshman Danielle Peerenboom's (Appleton, Wis.) only hit of the game couldn't have come at a better time as she hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh scoring Green Bay's (13-7) winning run over Wisconsin (8-18) by a final of 12-11 in game one of its double-header home opener.
The Phoenix got the bats rolling early scoring three runs in the bottom of the first with two outs thanks to a two-run homer by Alli Rivera (Geneseo, Ill.) scoring Katie Cooney (East Moline, Ill.) who also had an RBI in the inning.
After Wisconsin scored two runs in the top of the third, Green Bay answered in the bottom of the fourth when Kendra Woepse (Manitowoc, Wis.) scored on a wild pitch to boost its lead to 4-2.
The Badgers scored five runs off three hits in the top of the fifth inning to take a three run lead. With two outs, Wisconsin's Shannel Blackshear hit a three-run homer to left field before teammate Molly Spence followed it up with a solo home run to center field to boost the Badgers lead 7-4.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth Rivera hit an RBI double scoring Sara Junion (Egg Harbor, Wis.) to cut Wisconsin's lead 7-5. After the Badgers added two more runs in the top of the sixth, the Phoenix tied the game in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double from Krissy Hanson (Arcadia, Wis.), an RBI single from Cooney and an RBI single from Rivera making it 9-9.
The Badgers took the lead back in the top of the seventh when Karla Powell hit a two-run homer to left field to give Wisconsin the 11-9 advantage. With two outs and runners at the corners, senior Melani Niederer (New Munster, Wis.) scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 11-11 before Peerenboom singled to center field and Junion slid into home for the exciting win.
Rivera led the Phoenix going 4-4 at the plate with four RBIs while Samantha Schmeltzer (Merrill, Wis.) got the win to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Game two had a different ending as Wisconsin scored seven RBIs with two outs in the sixth inning which was part of a 10 run inning for the Badgers' 13-1 lead.
Green Bay's effort in the bottom of the inning wasn't enough as Peerenboom hit an RBI double scoring Rivera to make it 13-2 with two outs. Woepse added an RBI triple to add two runs but it wasn't enough as the Phoenix had to settle for a split falling 13-4.
Green Bay is 13-7 and 0-2 in Horizon League play as it will travel to Western Illinois (18-8, 6-0) on Saturday, April 3 for a double header beginning at 11:00 a.m.