MILWAUKEE – The Alverno softball team hosted the Aurora Spartans on Saturday afternoon for a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference doubleheader and fell to its guests by the scores of 4-0 in the opener, before dropping a five-inning 11-0 decision in game two.
Alverno was held to just six hits on the day as senior Carina Jimenez and sophomore Kaitlynn Schmick led the way with two hits apiece. Schmick had Alverno's lone extra-base hit of the day with an opposite-field double in the opener.
Schmick also went the distance in the circle for the Inferno in the opener as she tossed all seven innings and struck out five batters while yielding four Spartan runs and scattering 10 hits and two walks.
Senior Sam Korn got the start in the second game of the doubleheader and battled through two innings while striking out one and allowing four earned runs. Sophomore Lauren Greif came on in relief of Korn and went the final three innings while allowing the final four Spartan runs.
The opening inning saw both teams match evenly through the first few innings as Aurora and Alverno stranded runners on second base in the opening innings as it was junior Brandi Rice in the bottom of the first to walk before moving up to second on a groundout. The second inning also saw both teams leave one runner in scoring position as Jimenez led off the bottom half with a single and was bunted into scoring position.
Neither side broke through in the third as Schmick stranded a pair of runners on base in the top of the frame before Alverno went down in order in the bottom half. Aurora broke through with three runs in the top of the fourth as all the damage was done with one out as the Spartans strung together five singles to take the early 3-0 lead.
Vandertie led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left field before Schmick followed with an infield single. However, Aurora got the next three batters to end the Alverno threat to send the game to the fifth inning.
After a relatively quick fifth inning, the Spartans tacked on an insurance run with two outs on a base knock up the middle. Schmick limited the damage by getting the final out of the inning on a fly ball to senior Dani Hood in left field.
Schmick reached on an opposite-field double with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but Alverno was unable to break through. In their final at bats of the game the Inferno went down in order in the seventh inning as the Spartans held on for the 4-0 win.
Korn took to the circle in the second game and the first two batters reached before the first out of the inning was recorded. The next batter plated a pair of runs before the second out of the inning. Aurora added one more run on a single up the middle to take a 3-0 advantage with the Inferno coming up.
Alverno threatened to respond in the bottom of the first as Rice walked once again to lead off the game before Jimenez reached on an infield single. Vandertie was hit by a pitch to load the bases but a timely visit by the Aurora head coach sparked the Spartan hurler to strike out the next three batters in order to hold the Inferno scoreless.
Aurora added four more runs in the top of the second inning to increase its lead to seven runs. Alverno got a leadoff single by Chapnick in the bottom of the inning before Mathies reached on a one-out walk to put two runners on. The Spartans got out of the inning by the next two batters to send the game to the third.
In the third inning Aurora added a solo home run to start off the inning to take an 8-0 advantage before the Inferno went down in order. The Spartans tacked on three more runs in the fourth before the Inferno were finally able to hang up a zero against Aurora in the top of the fifth.
Offensively the Inferno went down in order in both the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to end the ballgame in favor of the road team.
Alverno (9-13, 0-6 NACC) is scheduled to return home tomorrow afternoon, when the Inferno play host to the Benedictine Eagles for a 12 p.m. conference doubleheader from the Alverno Softball Field.