Wisconsin-River Falls wins a pair
Falcons defeat Austin, Millikin at Rebel Spring Games
Wisconsin-River Falls got two wins Monday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla.
UWRF opened the day with a 5-2 victory against Austin College. In the second game, it defeated Millikin 3-0.
The Falcons are now 4-3 overall.
River Falls 5, Austin College 2
Abbie Morris picked up her first collegiate pitching win. She worked the first 4.1 innings and allowed four hits. She allowed two runs, only one was earned. She struck out four and walked four. Rose Tusa picked up the save in relief. She worked the final 2.2 innings and did not allow a batter to reach first. She struck out four. She entered the game in the fifth with the Falcons leading, 3-2. There were runners on first and second with one out and she struck out the first batter she faced, looking, and the second batter, swinning.
Nicole Lubahn and Patty Olson each went 2-3 with a run scored to lead the Falcon offensive attack. Sarah Bohlen and Jessie Bester were both 1-4 with two RBI. Bohlen, batting in the leadoff spot, also scored a run. Bester, the designated player, had RBI in the first and third innings while Bohlen knocked in two runs in the sixth. Hayley Buchanan finished 1-3 with a run scored and one RBI -- she doubled home Lubahn in the third.
"We had some solid hitting, led by Olson and Lubahn," said Falcon Coach Faye Perkins.
The Falcons scored five runs on nine hits and made one error. Austin had two runs on four hits and they made two errors.
River Falls 3, Millikin 0
Tusa threw the complete game shutout, her second of the season, and a Goettl three-run fist inning homer was more than enough offense to get the Falcons the win.
Tusa allowed seven hits, all singles, and is now 3-2. She struck out seven and didn't walk a batter. In addition to the seven strikeouts, she got nine outs on grounders and five on fly outs.
Goettl's homer was the first baseman's second of the year. With one out in the first, Lubahn and Buchanan worked the MU pitcher for walks. The walks helped set up Goettl's homer. The lefty finished the game with two hits - the other was a single to center in the fifth.
The Falcons finished the game with just the two Goettl hits. The Falcons left seven runners on base - two in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
"We showed some great discipline at the plate with seven walks," said Perkins. "Ashley Goettl's three-run homer showed some great power. We got a strong showing by the pitching staff and had great defensive play in both games."