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The Phoenix hold on to win in their final home game of 2016.
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Green Bay Softball Earns Tuesday Split Against Oakland

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: May 03, 2016
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By Patrick Stumpf

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay softball team (19-30, 10-9 HL) played its final two home games of the 2016 campaign on Tuesday afternoon, earning a double-header split against Oakland (13-28, 8-11 HL) at Phoenix Field. 

The Golden Grizzlies used a four-run third inning to edge the Phoenix in Game 1, before Green Bay received a solo home run from centerfielder Katelyn Huemmer and capitalized on three Oakland errors to hold on in Game 2. Both contests were made up after wet weather forced the teams to reschedule the original date back in early April.

The Phoenix will conclude its regular season this weekend with a three-game set against Cleveland State (18-28, 11-10 HL) on Friday and Saturday, before the Horizon League Conference Tournament runs from May 11-14.

Oakland 8, Green Bay 4 (Game 1)

After a scoring on a sac fly in the top of the first, the visiting Golden Grizzlies broke the game wide open in the third, scoring four runs on three hits off Green Bay freshman ace Bailey Smaney to take a 5-0 lead.

Rightfielder Kelsie Swanson led off the frame with a solo shot to left, and with two on and two out, pitcher Haley Zemmer sent the second Smaney pitch of the inning out of the yard, the latter of which was a three-run blow.

After Oakland tacked another run in the fourth, the Phoenix scored four unanswered runs on seven hits in the fourth and fifth innings to cut its deficit to 6-4. That's as close as they would come, though, as Zemmer threw a complete game in 112 pitches, retiring the final eight Green Bay hitters she faced.

The Phoenix were paced by freshman Acacia Tupa and Brennan Engel, who both finished 2-for-4, while fellow first-year player Jenna Smarzinski went 1-for-1 with a pair of RBIs.

Green Bay 5, Oakland 4 (Game 2)

Oakland jumped out to another lead, this time in the second, on a solo home run by first baseman Danielle Szajna and a RBI single by Abbey Walewski. However, it did not last for long, as Katelyn Huemmer jumpstarted the Green Bay offense after her second blast of the year cut the deficit to 2-1. 

The Phoenix tied the game in the third on a sac fly by Allie Taylor, before an error and a wild pitch allowed two more runs to score, making it 4-2. Green Bay went on to add a crucial insurance run in the fourth on yet another Golden Grizzlies' error, one of three Oakland miscues in the game.

Upon entering with two runs in and the bases loaded in the fifth, Smaney induced a key 5-3 groundout to get out of trouble, before going on to pitch two more innings of one-hit ball to earn her first collegiate save. Phoenix starter Katie Rossmann picked up the win, improving to 8-10.

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