Phoenix Splits Double Header at Minnesota
By: Jill Wunrow
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay softball (13-14) team took a break from Horizon League play as it split its double header against Big Ten opponent Minnesota (22-14) Wednesday, April 11 at JSC Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
After being shut out 7-0, with just three hits in game one of its double header, Green Bay scored three runs in the opening inning of its second game for the eventual 5-2 win.
GAME 1 - GREEN BAY 0, MINNESOTA 7 - The Gophers got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning before scoring two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings for the 7-0 win.
Green Bay stranded runners on base in both the first and second inning before registering its first hit of the contest with a single to center field from Danielle Peerenboom (Appleton, Wis.) in the third inning of play.
The Phoenix registered two hits and stranded two runners on base in the seventh inning.
GAME 2 - GREEN BAY 5, MINNESOTA 2 - With one out and two runners on base in the first inning Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) hit a three-run homer to left field, giving Green Bay the early 3-0 lead. The home run was Reinke's second of the season.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Minnesota put its first run on the board. Green Bay answered in the top of the third when Alli Rivera (Geneseo, Ill.) led off the inning with a home run to right field for the 4-1 advantage. The Phoenix finished the inning with one run, two hits, one error, while stranding two runners on base.
Reinke continued her solid performance from the plate, leading off the fifth inning with a triple to right center field. Stacey Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) followed with an RBI single to left field, scoring Reinke for the 5-1 lead. The Phoenix finished the inning with one run on three hits and two runners left on base.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Minnesota hit a solo home run to left field, before Green Bay's defense stopped the Gophers' rally for the 5-2 win.
Reinke led the Phoenix going 4-for-4 from the plate with 3 RBIs while Allison Goecks (Beloit, Wis.) pitched her fourth complete game of the season, striking out five batters. The junior pitcher improves to 4-5 on the season.
Green Bay plays its final nonconference double header of the season Thursday, April 12, as it travels to North Dakota with first pitch at 12:00 p.m. The Phoenix returns to Horizon League play Saturday, April 14 as it hosts Butler in a double header in its home opener at Ben Garot Field at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
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