9-Run Inning Leads To Series Split

Olivia Schneider
Olivia Schneider

MILWAUKEE -- After Alverno College dropped an 11-inning game 7-5, the Inferno bounced back to win the nightcap 10-4 over visiting Wisconsin Lutheran College Friday night at Alverno Field.

Alverno, which has played 14 straight road games prior to today, held a 4-1 lead in the opening game of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference doubleheader after a three-run third inning.

Ashlie Rossi doubled down the left-field line to score Alexis Botsford and give Alverno the lead, and Olivia Schneider followed with an RBI-single to plate Rossi. Bailey Jedrzejewski then connected for a third straight RBI-hit to cap off the scoring in the third.

The Warriors (14-8, 5-3 NACC) answered with a pair of two-out runs the next frame to pull within a run and tied the game in the top of the seventh as a leadoff hit came around to score.

In the 10th, WLC scored an unearned run to pull ahead 5-4, but the Inferno scored the equalizer on back-to-back wild pitches to send the game into an 11th inning. There the Warriors' Abby Akright knocked home a pair of runs on a single up the middle for the game-winning hit.

Schneider (4-11) picked up the loss after 7.2 innings of work as the sophomore lefty had eight strikeouts in the circle.

Jedrzejewski and Rossi had four hits apiece while Schneider added three to lead the Inferno offense.

In the nightcap, things for Alverno looked as bleak as the remaining sunlight after the three-plus hour game one.

The host team trailed 4-1 heading into the fifth -- the minimum number of innings for a game to be declared official -- and little daylight remained. The Inferno bats then caught fire and scored a season-high nine runs in the fifth off a pair of Warrior pitchers.

The Warriors were held scoreless in the top of the sixth before the umpires called the game, 10-4 as the final.

Seven Inferno batters recorded an RBI in the game, led by Andie Vandertie's two while Schneider and Carina Jimenez had two hits apiece to pace the team's 11 hits.

Rossi (6-5) picked up the win as she scattered nine hits and allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings of work.

Alverno (10-16, 3-7) returns to Alverno Field for a NACC doubleheader versus Lakeland College tomorrow at noon.