Phoenix Hits Seven Home Runs in Doubleheader Sweep Against Detroit
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (17-18, 4-10 HL) softball team won both games in its doubleheader against Detroit (5-29, 0-12 HL) while combining for seven home runs in its Horizon League home opener Saturday, April 23 in Milwaukee. The games were played at Alverno College due to the late spring snowfall in Green Bay.
Game 1: Detroit 8, Green Bay 16 - After two scoreless innings, Detroit put a run on the board in the top of the third off an RBI double to left field to give the Titans the 1-0 lead.
With one out in the bottom of the third and the bases loaded, Kendra Woepse (Manitowoc, Wis.) singled to shortstop, scoring Alli Rivera (Geneseo, Ill.) and Sara Junion (Egg Harbor, Wis.) to take the 2-1 lead.
Green Bay boosted its lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Amanda Pozolinski (Appleton, Wis.) hit a solo home run with two outs.
After Green Bay's defense retired the first three Detroit batters in the top of the fifth, its offense put four more runs on the board to lead 7-1. Junion led off with a double to left field before Rivera hit her first home run of the season to center field. With one out, Woepse singled to left before Paige Newtols (Green Bay, Wis.) followed with a two-run shot to left field. The Phoenix closed the inning scoring all four of its runs off home runs.
A combined 16 runs were scored in the 45-minute sixth inning as Detroit took the 8-7 lead scoring seven runs off six hits and three errors, including a three-run homer. Green Bay battled back in the bottom of the inning tacking on nine runs off seven hits and one error to seal the victory. With runners on second and third and nobody out, Rivera hit her second home run of the contest sending a rocket over the center field fence. With one out and runners on first and second, Cassie Scheel (Hartland, Wis.) added a three-run homer to left-center field, doubling the Phoenix lead to 14-7. With two outs, Amanda Omahen (San Diego, Calif.) hit a two run walk-off homer to right field to seal the 16-8 win.
The win was Green Bay's largest of the season and the second time this season the Phoenix has hit three or more home runs in a single contest. Sophomore Tieraney Planasch (Juneau, Wis.) picked up her fifth win of the season from the mound for Green Bay while Rivera went 3-for-4 at the plate with five RBIs.
Game 2: Detroit 2, Green Bay 4 - Detroit also started the scoring in game two of the series with a lead-off home run to left field before boosting its lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth with a solo homer to center field. Green Bay cut the Titans lead in half with one out in the bottom of the fourth when Rivera hit her third home run of the day.
The Phoenix battled back in the bottom of the fifth, with runners on second and third, when Junion hit a double to center field scoring Jessica Hrncar (Bristol, Wis.) and Ashleigh Racer (Waterford, Wis.) to take the 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Woepse singled to center field before Green Bay sealed the 4-2 win off an RBI by Pozolinski.
Green Bay scored four runs off five hits in the win as Planasch picked up the win, pitching her fourth complete game from the mound while facing 24 batters.
Green Bay's combined seven home runs in the doubleheader against Detroit brings the Phoenix homerun total to 12 this season, the third-most in a single season since 2007.
The Phoenix will wrap up its three-game series against Detroit Sunday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Alverno Athletic Fields in Milwaukee, Wis. Green Bay will host UIC in a doubleheader Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Ben Garot Field in Green Bay before wrapping up the series Thursday, April 28 12:00 p.m.