MILWAUKEE -- Ashleigh Sagat's grand slam in the third inning gave Alverno College a four-run lead and the Inferno defeated visiting Dominican University, 7-3, in game two of a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader. The Stars won the first game of the twin bill, 9-5, this afternoon at Alverno Field.
In the opener, Dominican (24-10, 16-4 NAC) scored six runs over the first five innings before the Inferno finally scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jamie Villalobos scored Megan Rossi on a sacrifice fly, followed by a Lauren Colette RBI-single, which scored Sam Kasprzak.
Each team scored two more runs in the six, as Stef Wilmore led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run and Sagat would walk and later come around to score on a passed ball.
Wilmore scored Villalobos on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh, but the Inferno would leave two runners stranded to end the game.
Villalobos (6-10) went the distance for the Inferno, but the lefty was tagged with the loss after a pair of strikeouts and six earned runs, while the Stars' Emily Mahoney picked up her league-leading 17th win of the season with eight Ks in just four innings of work.
Mahoney began the scoring in the nightcap with a leadoff homer in the top of the second, before the Inferno answered with six runs in the third.
With the bases loaded, Wilmore was hit by pitch to plate the game-tying run before Sagat smashed her third grand slam of the season. Erika Wotnoske connected for her first career home run during the next at bat and chased the starter Mahoney (17-6) after just 2.2 innings pitched.
The Stars loaded the bases with just one out in the top of the fifth, but the Inferno infield turned a 6-4-2 inning-ending double play to get Inferno starter Erin Dulek out of the jam.
Rossi would score Sagat on a single up the middle for the Inferno's final run of the night in the bottom of the fifth.
The Stars got two runs in the top of the seventh, but Dulek (4-3) fished them off for the complete-game victory with six strikeouts in the game.
Alverno (14-16, 6-14) was mathematically eliminated from contention for one of the final spots in the upcoming NAC Tournament, but has a chance at its first 20-win season with six games remaining on the schedule.
The Inferno heads downtown to face host Milwaukee School of Engineering tomorrow at noon in a NAC doubleheader.