WHITEWATER, Wis.– Winners of four in a row, and nine of their last 10, you could say that UW-Whitewater softball is on a roll as they head home from their spring trip to Florida. The Warhawks’ spring trip ended Thursday with a pair of shutout wins, blanking Bowdoin College 2-0 and Buffalo State 10-0 in five innings to improve their overall record to 10-2.
Clutch pitching was the key to the victory against Bowdoin. Bowdoin had runners on base in the first, second and fourth innings, but they could not find a way to score them. Whitewater also had two runners on in the first and again in the third, but were not able to convert them into runs.
In the bottom of the fourth Laura Eichenold led off with a single, and was sacrificed to second by Sammie Seamon. Senior rightfielder Haley Krueger home run, driving in Eichenold in the process, accounted for the only two runs of the game.
While those were the only runs scored, they were not the only opportunities. Bowdoin had two runners on with one out in the fifth, but didn’t score. In the bottom of the fifth Whitewater had a runner thrown out at home. Bowdoin put runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth, but the next three batters were set down in order via two strikeouts and a groundout. In their half of the sixth the Warhawks had runners on second and third with one out, but again failed to convert. In the top of the seventh Bowdoin put a runner in scoring position with one out, but the game ended with a strike out and a ground out.
Whitewater’s Jessica Stang went all seven innings in the picking up her sixth win of the season. Stang scattered six hits, all singles, and walked two. She struck out twelve, the fourth highest single game total in program history, she also holds the record, 15 versus Ripon College March 19, 2010. Bowdoin’s Kara Nilan gave up ten hits, struck out six and walked just one.
In the game against Buffalo State, Amanda Mertes led off the game with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a single and scored on a throwing error for the only run Whitewater would need.
The Warhawks added some insurance in the third with a leadoff single from centerfielder Mimi Ramirez, a triple by third baseman Laura Rankins, Rankins coming in on a wild pitch, a double by Eichenold who moved up on an error and came in on a ground out to make it 4-0.
Whitewater added a single run in the fourth on three singles, upping the lead to 5-0.
Whitewater ended the game by the run deficit rule when they scored five runs in the fifth. UW-W combined four singles, two walks and a double to end the game.
Sophomore righty Katie Boyle allowed just four hits and a walk, while striking out five, to raise her record to 2-1 on the mound for the Warhawks. Ramirez got hits in each of her three at bats to lead the Warhawk offense.