Pioneers Stifle Inferno

Andie Vandertie
Andie Vandertie

MILWAUKEE -- Alverno College lost both games of a nonconference doubleheader to visiting Carroll University Wednesday at Alverno Field.

Two big innings by the Pioneers (9-9) propelled the visitors in the driver's seat to earn the series sweep over the Inferno (6-8).

In the opener, Carroll scored just a pair of runs over the first two frames and held the 2-0 lead entering the seventh inning. The Pioneers then pegged 11 runs on 12 hits and an error in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Amanda Osterhus (4-3) held the hosts hitless until Carina Jimenez singled to right-center field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the lone Inferno hit of game one.

In the nightcap, Alverno got off to a quick start and led 3-0 through four innings. Ashlie Rossi smashed an RBI-double in the first, Andie Vandertie knocked in a run in the third and Rossi came through again in the fourth.

This time the Carroll offense put up a big fifth inning, scoring eight runs off seven hits. Alverno got one back off a Megan Hernandez RBI-single in the bottom half, but the Pioneers tacked on two more scored in the sixth.

The cloudy sky and lack of sunlight forced the umpires to end the game with two outs in the bottom of the six.

Vandertie reached on a walk in the first game and her single in the second extended her reached base safely streak to 14 games.

In the circle, Olivia Schneider (2-3) was tagged with the game-one loss while Rossi (4-5) the game-two defeat.

Next up, the Inferno opens Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play Saturday versus defending champion Aurora University. First pitch is 12 p.m. at Alverno Field.