Softball Sweeps Thursday Doubleheader at Detroit
By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Playing a rare weekday conference doubleheader at Detroit, the Green Bay softball team escaped with a sweep over the Titans at Buysse Ballpark on Thursday afternoon.
The Phoenix took game one in extra innings, 3-2, and held on for an 8-7 triumph in game two. The sweep helped Green Bay improve to 19-11 overall and 6-4 in conference action.
The squad will return to the diamond at home this weekend, hosing UIC for a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday.
Game One – Green Bay 3, Detroit 2 (8 innings)
It took extra innings, but a big one out solo home run by senior Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) in the top of the eighth inning helped Green Bay edge Detroit, 3-2, in game one of the doubleheader.
A home run by Christa McGahuey in the home half of the first inning gave the Titans an early 1-0 advantage. Green Bay evened the score in the top of the third. Freshman Allie Taylor (Waunakee, Wis.) started the inning with a single and advanced all the way to third on back-to-back sacrifice bunts from sophomore Ashley Baker (Green Bay, Wis.) and classmate Kelli Hutchinson (Trevor, Wis.) before scoring on a passed ball.
However the Titans got that run and the lead back in the home half of the third as Kayla Kostich delivered an RBI single to put them up, 2-1.
The scoreboard was quiet for the next three innings before Green Bay dented it in the top of the seventh to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Senior Stacey Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) led off by reaching on an error by the Detroit shortstop, advanced to second on a sacrifice by freshman Katelyn Huemmer (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and moved to third on a single from Taylor. The second passed ball of the game evened the score as Stacey Butts crossed home on the catchers’ miscue to put the score at 2-2.
Detroit looked to steal the game in the bottom of the seventh as it loaded the bases with one out, but senior Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) worked out of the jam by striking out Grace Schmeiser and getting McGahuey to ground out to send the game into extra innings.
It didn’t take long for the Phoenix to seal the win in the eighth, after Reinke stepped to the plate with one out and drilled a shot to left field to give Green Bay the 3-2 advantage.
The Titans made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth, putting two on with two out but again Nannemann stepped up and got her final batter faced to line out to third and end the game.
Reinke finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored, while Taylor was a clean 3-for-3 with a run scored.
Nannemann (6-7) threw the complete game winning effort, allowing two earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and five walks.
Game Two – Green Bay 8, Detroit 7
After a low-scoring first game, Green Bay and Detroit put up a combined 13 runs over the final four innings as the Phoenix held on for the 8-7 win in game two of the twinbill.
It was a quiet first three innings, as the Titans were held hitless and Green Bay mustered just two hits.
Solo home runs by senior Shannon Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) and freshman Katelyn Huemmer (Sun Prairie, Wis.) in the top of the fourth inning proved to be the offensive spark the Phoenix needed to break through and take a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way.
The hot hitting continued in the fifth as sophomore Kelli Hutchinson (Trevor, Wis.) hit a one out double and senior Hailey Mohrfeld (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) followed with a home run to add to the lead, 4-0.
Detroit pulled to within a run (4-3) with a three-run bottom of the fifth, but Green Bay got one of those back on an RBI single from freshman Abby Brinkmeier (Eagan, Minn.) in the top of the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh with solo home runs by senior Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) and sophomore Marissa Michalkiewicz (Appleton, Wis.) to go up, 7-4.
The Titans again made the game interesting bringing in two runs on four hits in the bottom of the seventh, but it stranded also stranded three as sophomore Briana Cavin (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) shut the door after re-entering the game to seal the 7-6 victory.
Green Bay finished with an impressive five home runs in the game, led by a 2-for-3 performance by Huemmer and Brinkmeier and a 2-for-4 showing by Shannon Butts.
Cavin threw a combined 5.2 innings, including a re-entry in the seventh inning, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Freshman Heather Sanderson (Rapid River, Mich.) threw the other 1.1 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits with a walk and strikeout.
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