Volk sets conference wins mark
Stang throws CG one-hitter, strikes out 11 in game one win
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach Brenda Volk became the winningest softball coach in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history on Wednesday as No. 10 UW-Whitewater took both games of a doubleheader against Wisconsin-Platteville. The Warhawks defeated the Pioneers 4-3 in the first game and 9-1 (six innings) in game two.
Volk, in her 13th season, has amassed a 385-168-4 record. That eclipses the mark held by Faye Perkins of UW-River Falls, who went 384-328-2 in 18 seasons (1989-97, 1999-2007).
Leading 4-0 after four innings, UW-Whitewater (24-6 overall and 9-3 in the WIAC) held off UW-Platteville in game one (12-18, 2-6 WIAC).
Emily Epifanio's two run single staked the Warhawks to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
In the fourth, Lauren Rankins led off with a single. Eipifanio walked, and a ground ball moved the Whitewater runners to second and third. Shauna Binsfield's infield hit brought in one run, and a Pioneer error plated what proved to be the winning run.
The Pioneers received some help from the Warhawk defense in the top of the seventh. Two batters reached on UW-W errors, and Colleen Lowe cleared the bases with her second home run of the season. The next two UW-P batters, however, grounded out to end the threat and the game.
Jessica Stang improved her record to 18-2 with a complete-game one-hitter, walking one and striking out 11. Melissa Anderson, 8-6, took the loss for UW-P. Rankins accounted for two of Whitewater's six hits.
Lowe struck again for Platteville in game two, homering to center field to put the Pioneers in front 1-0 after two innings.
Whitewater scored all the runs it would need in the third. All four were unearned as designated hitter Kelly McGrail came up with a key two-run single.
UW-W added three more in the fourth, again assisted by two Platteville errors. Haley Krueger, Tina Galuk, and Amanda Mertes picked up RBIs to give UW-W a 7-1 lead.
Krueger singled in a run in the bottom of the sixth, and the run that ended the contest on the run differential rule came in as a result of the fourth Platteville error of the game.
Katie Boyle threw a complete game to improve to 4-3 for UW-W, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out four. Jeni Freiburger (4-9) took the loss for UW-P. No player in the game, for either team, had more than one hit.