Softball Splits Saturday Twinbill at Cleveland State
By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay softball team wrapped up its weekend series at Cleveland State by splitting a Saturday doubleheader at Vikings field.
The Phoenix took game one, 13-3, in six innings but fell in walk-off fashion for the second-consecutive day as the Vikings got a run in the bottom of the seventh to win, 2-1. Green Bay moved to 17-11 overall and 4-4 in the conference, while Cleveland State went to 21-14 overall and 5-4 in HL action.
Green Bay returns to action on Thursday, playing a doubleheader at Detroit on Thursday. The games are make-ups from the Horizon League opener series that was postponed due to unplayable field conditions.
Game One – Green Bay 13, Cleveland State 3 (6 inn.)
Green Bay jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, scoring the first 10 runs of the contest in four innings as it went on to win, 13-3.
Five different Phoenix each posted a two-hit game, part of the Phoenix’s 13 hits in the six-inning contest.
Senior Stacey Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) opened the scoreboard with a two-RBI double to left field, bringing home junior Hailey Mohrfeld (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) and senior Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) who both singled to begin the game. The Phoenix added two more runs in the second, on an RBI double to right center by Reinke as well as a passed ball that allowed her to score from third.
The Phoenix offense exploded with five runs in the third inning, making the score 9-0. Green Bay loaded the bases with two outs, and Mohrfeld and Reinke each picked up RBIs by taking a walk. Sophomore Marissa Michalkiewicz (Appleton, Wis.) brought in two more runs with a base hit to right-center field, and the scoring was rounded out with senior Shannon Butts’s (Greenfield, Wis.) RBI single to left.
Green Bay tacked on its 10th run of the game in the fourth inning, after freshman Katelyn Huemmer (Sun Prairie, Wis.) led off with a base hit to center, stole second base, and was driven home on classmate Allie Taylor’s (Waunakee, Wis.) double. With the score 10-0 midway through the fourth, the Vikings found their answer with a leadoff homer by Cynthia Woodard. They got two more runs on an RBI single and a Phoenix error, cutting the gap to 10-3.
A scoreless fifth gave way to the sixth where a three-base error, along with an RBI double by Taylor drove in two runs with no outs. A Mohrfeld sacrifice fly to right followed, setting the margin at 13-3. Green Bay yielded just one base hit in the bottom half, leading to the run-rule victory in game one of the twinbill.
Sophomore Briana Cavin (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) improved her record to 5-0 on the season after 2.2 innings of shutout relief, while Viking starter Susan Knight (10-11) took the loss.
Game Two – Cleveland State 2, Green Bay 1
For the second-consecutive day the Vikings received a walk-off performance in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up the win over Green Bay.
Cleveland State got on the board first with two-out run production in the bottom of the second. With a runner on first, Susan Knight singled and advanced to second on an error by Phoenix right fielder Marissa Michalkiewicz (Appleton, Wis.) before ending up at third. The play allowed the Viking baserunner to score unearned to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.
Green Bay dented the scoring column in the top of the fifth inning as sophomore Kelli Hutchinson (Trevor, Wis.) delivered a one-out solo home run to left field to even the score at 1-1.
It was again two-out run production that secured the win for the Vikings in the home half of the seventh. Knight led off with a walk before being replaced by pinch runner Darien Ward. Green Bay pitcher Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) struck out her next batter faced before Ward moved into scoring position after stealing second. A groundout followed, but Nena Doran then singled through the right side to bring in Ward for the 2-1 walk-off win.
The Phoenix stranded eight in the game, including two apiece in the fourth and fifth innings.
Hutchinson finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored, while senior Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Michalkiewicz each went 2-for-4.
Senior Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) threw a complete game losing effort, scattering five hits in 6.2 innings of work with eight strikeouts and three walks.
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