DECORAH, Iowa — Just hours after appearing at No. 23 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, UW-Stevens Point dropped a pair of games to Luther College, the nation’s fourth-ranked team. The Pointers fell 11-3 in game one and 3-2 in the nightcap.
Scoreless through 2 1/2 innings, the host Norse posted an eight-run third inning after Pointers’ starter Sara Babbitts left with an injury. Luther tacked on two more runs in the fourth and another in the fifth as it earned the victory via the run rule.
Babbitts suffered the loss, throwing 2 1/3 innings before giving way to Cassie Krum and eventually Chelsea Hensler.
The lone UWSP runs came off the bat of Katie Schulfer, whose three-run blast in the fourth inning was the only offense for the Pointers in the first game.
In game two, the Pointers kept the high-powered Norse offense in check after allowing a lead-off home run and a two-out run in the second.
The Pointers tied the game in the top of the sixth inning when Elyse Nelson connected on a one-out pitch and sent it over the outfield fence for a two-run home run.
The Norse responded in the home half of the sixth, retaking the lead 3-2.
In the seventh, the Pointers put the leadoff batter on base the offense stalled as Becca Girvan retired three consecutive batters to end UWSP’s comeback attempt.
The Pointers and Norse each tallied seven hits. Schulfer finished the game 3 for 3 with a double and was the only Pointer with more than one hit. Michelle Jones took the loss, throwing six innings of seven hit ball, walking two and striking out five.