MILWAUKEE -- The Alverno College softball team ended the 2016 season on a four-game winning streak after its second consecutive sweep Saturday afternoon at Alverno Field.
The Inferno downed visiting Rockford University, 10-8, in the opener, then capped off the series and season with a 9-1 victory in five innings.
Host Alverno bounced back from a rocky start on defense as the Regents (4-36, 0-22 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference) opened the day with four runs in the top of the first inning on four hits and an error. The Inferno scored six runs over the first three innings to take a 6-4 lead and added two in each the fifth and sixth to go up 10-4.
Ashlie Rossi started the scoring with an RBI double to right field for the lone run in the first. Bailey Jedrzejewski led off the second with a double and scored on a Regent error while Megan Hernandez added the second run of the inning on an illegal pitch after she reached on a base hit.
Hernandez laced an RBI-single up the middle in the third to score Carina Jimenez, which was followed by a pair of runs on a dropped fly ball by Rockford's left fielder.
The Inferno third baseman, Hernandez, then connected for her third hit of the game with a two-RBI home run to left field in the fifth, and Samantha Chapnick plated Alexis Botsford with an RBI-double in the sixth followed two batters later by a sacrifice fly by Rossi.
The Regents made things interesting in the top of the seventh by scoring four runs and loading the bases, but Rossi entered the circle in relief and secured the hold for Alverno.
Olivia Schneider pitched 6.1 innings to earn her eighth win of the season.
In game two Alverno struck first with a run in the second inning, two in the third and a whopping six in the fourth.
Jedrzejewski began the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center field and Rossi had an RBI-double in the third followed by Andie Vandertie crossing home plate on a wild pitch. The six-run fourth started with Jedrzejewski scoring with on a wild pitch while Kristin Holub scored on a double steal with runners at the corners.
Chapnick had an RBI-single for the third run of the inning, while three Inferno base runners scored on a play with a pair of Rockford errors to cap off the scoring.
Rossi gave up just one hit as she picked up her ninth win of the season to finish 9-9 in the circle.
Botsford stole a pair of bases in game two to put her career tally at 28 as she tied Lea Colon for the Alverno career record.
Alverno finished the season with a 17-23 record (8-14 NACC), tied for the third-most wins in school history.