Phoenix Comes From Behind for 5-2 Win over Loyola
By: Jill Wunrow
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (16-19, 5-7 HL) softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and two in the bottom of the sixth, while holding off a late charge by Loyola (18-20, 11-7 HL) in the seventh inning for the 5-2 win Thursday, April 19 at Ben Garot Field.
Brooke Andresen led off the game for Loyola with a solo homerun to left field, giving the Ramblers the early 1-0 lead.
Green Bay senior Ashleigh Racer (Waterford, Wis.) led off the bottom of the third inning with a single to shortstop before Amanda Omahen (San Diego, Calif.) singled to center field. Danielle Peerenboom (Appleton, Wis.) followed suit with a triple to left-center field scoring Racer and Omahen to take the 2-1 lead. With two outs, Stacey Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) hit an RBI single to second base, scoring Peerenboom and boosting the Phoenix lead to 3-1. Green Bay closed the inning with three runs on four hits and one runner left on base.
With one out in the top of the fourth, Loyola's Tarran Schaffer hit an RBI triple to center field, cutting the Phoenix lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the inning, Green Bay's Shannon Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) hit a line drive down the left field line for a double but was later stranded on base.
With the tying run on third base, a 2-2 count and two outs in the sixth inning, Loyola's Olivia Bell hit a line drive down the third base line. Third baseman Alli Rivera (Geneseo, Ill.) made a diving catch for the final out, stranding the runner to save the tie.
Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) led off the sixth inning with a double to left field before Shannon Butts reached base on a fielder's choice. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Paige Newtols (Green Bay, Wis.) hit a deep ball to the right field fence for an RBI triple, scoring Butts from first. Ashleigh Racer (Waterford, Wis.) followed with an RBI single to left field, scoring Newtols to boost the Phoenix lead to 5-2. Omahen later loaded the bases with a single to left-center field before Peerenboom reached on a fielder's choice. The Phoenix closed the inning scoring two runs on five hits while stranding three runners on base.
With one out, Loyola's Brooke Andresen singled to right field before Jessica Balzano advanced with a fielder's choice followed by another single from the Ramblers. With the bases loaded and the go-ahead run at the plate, Lauren Moore grounded into the double play in which Racer tagged the runner before tossing to Stacey Butts at first, sealing the win for the Phoenix.
Green Bay finished the contest with five runs on 13 hits while Loyola had two runs on eight hits.
Pitcher Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) picked up her 10th win of the season while pitching her ninth complete game from the mound for the Phoenix. Racer went 3-for-3 from behind the plate with one RBI.
The Phoenix hosts Cleveland State in a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. before wrapping up the series Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. All games will be played at Ben Garot Field.
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