Softball loses doubleheader, qualifies for WIAC TournamentBy Colten Bartholomew • May 3, 2012 • Category: Sports
Despite losing both games of its regular season doubleheader finale to University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the softball team will be the fifth seed in the opening round of the WIAC Softball Tournament.
Falcons starter Rose Tulsa stole the show in the doubleheader. Tulsa silenced the active bats of the Pioneers and won both games.
In game one, Tulsa struck out 13 Pioneers and allowed just four hits, preserving the slim lead her offense provided and winning the opener 1-0. Pioneers senior pitcher Melissa Anderson suffered the loss despite allowing just seven hits in her six innings of work.
The Pioneers offense finally touched up Tulsa in the first frame of game two. Junior catcher Molly Rice hit a two-RBI double to give the team a quick 2-0 lead. The Falcons responded with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first to regain the lead.
The Falcons added another run in the third, giving them a 4-2 advantage. The Pioneers cut into the lead in the sixth, bringing the score to 4-3, but the Falcons rallied again, posting three runs in their half and raising their advantage to 6-3.
The Pioneers threatened in the seventh, but Tulsa ended the inning and the series with her second victory.
The Pioneers begin tournament action this weekend against the No. 2 seed, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.