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SOFTBALL: UWS splits at UWEC

University of Wisconsin-Superior senior shortstop Katie Moench hit a grand-slam in the top of the seventh inning as the Yellowjackets defeated No. 13 UW-Eau Claire 6-5 in game one of its doubleheader Monday in Eau Claire.

University of Wisconsin-Superior senior shortstop Katie Moench hit a grand-slam in the top of the seventh inning as the Yellowjackets defeated No. 13 UW-Eau Claire 6-5 in game one of its doubleheader Monday in Eau Claire.

The 'Jackets (13-16, 2-7) lost game two to the Blugolds (20-9, 3-4), 3-2.

Game one remained scoreless through the first two innings before the 'Jackets got on the board first as they scored on a Blugold error. The Blugolds added three runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning on four singles.

UWEC junior Casey Leisang extended the Blugold lead to 4-1 in the sixth inning with her solo home run.

Moench then hit her three-run home run in the top of the seventh to cap a five run inning for the 'Jackets compliments of five hits.

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Senior Rachel Paulus hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh for Eau Claire, but it wasn't enough as the Yellowjackets won their second conference game.

Sophomore Jen Reid (8-9) picked up her team-high eighth win of the season as she allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out four in seven innings.

In the second game, the Yellowjackets scored one run in the first inning on two hits and one error.

The Blugolds tied the game in the third thanks to one hit and one error.

UWS sophomore Brooke Bailey hit her fourth home run, a solo shot, to put the Yellowjackets ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning.

The Blugolds then tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning then scored the game winning run in the eighth inning on a 'Jacket error sandwiched by a pair of Blugold singles.

UWS sophomore Nicole Tessier (5-8) allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

UWS is back in action at 3 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts UW-River Falls in a doubleheader at Liebaert Field.

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