UWS softball team off to 3-3 start; baseball drops opener

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The University of Wisconsin-Superior softball team is off to a 3-3 start during its spring trip at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.

Freshman Megan Pehrson and Sarah Hendrickson threw shutouts as the Yellowjackets won two games Friday.

Pehrson allowed five hits and struck out four in a 3-0 victory over Marian University, and Hendrickson was dominant in throwing a two-hitter and striking out four in a 5-0 win over Centenary, N.J.

In the win over Marian, UWS scored the only run it needed in the first inning when former Superior Spartan Gabby Gidley led off the game with a double and scored on Bailey Armstrong’s single. Saige Patrick drove in the other two runs with a double in the fourth.

The Yellowjackets only totaled five hits off Marian starter Shannon Huray.

Pehrson allowed five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

In the win over Centenary, Bailey Kinnunen drove in two runs with a first-inning double and scored on Bobbi Jean Miller’s single for all the runs UWS needed.

Hendrickson allowed a pair of bloop hits and struck out four batters.

Saturday’s games

UWS dropped its first game 3-2 in extra innings to Castleton (Vt.) University before coming from behind to down conference foe Crown College 6-3 at North Collier Regional Park in Naples, Fla.

Late-game errors cost the Yellowjackets in the opener as Castleton pitcher Taylor Paquette earned the win after dueling with Pehrson.

Junior outfielder Ciarra Taipale staked the Yellowjackets to the early lead with a home run, while Kayla Hartl’s single in the eighth inning scored Hendrickson to put UWS up 2-1.

Hendrickson, in relief of Pehrson, however, couldn’t hold it. After a three-base error, outfielder Kayley Fountain singled home the game-winner for the Spartans (4-2).

Pehrson and Hendrickson allowed four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

In the second game, junior outfielder Katie White went 4-for-4 against the Storm (1-7), while Patrick added a home run for the Yellowjackets (5-3).

Pehrson (3-1) earned the win in relief of Hendrickson. The two allowed 11 hits with nine strikeouts.

Monday’s games

The Yellowjackets were swept by Manchester (Ind.) Monday morning by scores of 4-2 and 8-1.

UWS led 2-1 after one inning in the opener, but Manchester scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to pull out the win.

The Yellowjackets had two hits — singles by Bailey Kinnuen and Katie White.

Saige Patrick scored on Kinnunen’s single and White scored on a throwing error.

Hendrickson and Pehrson pitched for UWS, allowing eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

The Yellowjackets play Ave Maria at 10 a.m. and North Central at noon today.

Baseball

UWS opened its season with a 17-13 loss to the Allegheny (Pa.) Gators Sunday on the opening day of its spring trip in Tucson, Az.

The Yellowjackets got a bases-clearing double from Braden Barr in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 13-12 lead, but the Gators rallied in the top of the ninth, scoring five runs on the way to a 17-13 win.

The two teams combined for 30 runs and 38 hits, and the eight pitchers (four each side) combined to throw 404 pitches in the marathon.

Allegheny took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, and the Yellowjackets answered with two runs in bottom of the inning on Matt Boyde’s two-run single.

The Yellowjackets scored four more times in the second inning, starting with a RBI single by Chad Patko. Travis Miller followed with a fielder’s choice that scored a pair of runs, and Barr later drove in Miller to give the Yellowjackets a 6-4 lead.

Allegheny regained a 9-6 lead with three runs in the fifth inning and two in the six.

In the bottom of the seventh the Yellowjackets got within 9-8 when Nik Mattson, who doubled, scored on a bases-loaded walk and Gregg Pitts scored on an error.

Mattson finished the day going 5-for-5, including two doubles.

Allegheny answered with a three-run eighth, only to watch the Yellowjackets score five times in the bottom of the inning to take a 13-12 lead.

Brandon Rolf singled home a run; a run scored on Patko’s bases-loaded walk; and Barr hit a three-run double.

Barr finished the day 3-for-6 with four RBIs. Matthew Boyde and Patko both had two hits and two RBIs; and Pitts had two hits and scored three runs.

Grant Schneider, Brady Stocker, Ryan Rukavina and Barr pitched for UWS, allowing 18 hits with three strikeouts and five walks.

After playing two games Monday, the Yellowjackets play Alleghany again at 10 a.m. today, followed by Kalamazoo (Mich.) at 1:30 p.m.