PLYMOUTH, Wis. – The Alverno softball team registered 14 hits on the afternoon, while holding the Muskies to just 15 of their own as the Inferno fell in both ends of a conference doubleheader. Alverno lost the opener by a 2-1 score before falling 5-2 in the nightcap.
Five different players recorded multi-hit days as seniors Samantha Chapnick, Mackenzie Mathies, and Andie Vandertie along with junior Brandi Rice and sophomore Kaitlynn Schmick all had two hits apiece on the afternoon. Chapnick recorded the team's lone extra-base hit with a double in the opener.
Chapnick, Mathies and Rice all scored runs on the day, while Mathies, Vandertie and Schmick all recorded RBIs on the day.
In the circle it was Schmick to go the distance in the opener and struck out four batters over six innings while yielding three runs on three walks and eight hits. Schmick also started game two and allowed five runs over 4 2/3 innings before Greif came on to close out the game and allowed just one hit over her 1 1/3 innings of work.
Alverno got its offense started in the top of the first inning against the Muskies as Rice reached second on a two-base error to start off the game. Two batters later Schmick singled to put runners at the corner, but the pair were stranded on base as the next two batters were retired.
After a scoreless start to her pitching day, Schmick set down the Muskies to send the game to the second inning. Chapnick led off with a two-base hit before Greif walked to put two runners on. Korn bunted the pair into scoring position before Mathies plated the game's opening run with an RBI groundout.
Schmick got out of trouble in the bottom of the second as she stranded the bases full to send the game onward.
In the fourth inning, Lakeland got the tying run back on a wild pitch by Schmick, before the Muskies took the lead on an RBI groundout
Alverno got a runner on to lead off the fifth, but that was erased on an inning-ending double play. The Inferno left another runner on base in the sixth as Akin singled to centerfield but Alverno was unable to even the game.
Schmick continued to keep the Muskies in check as she stranded another two runners in the bottom of the sixth. Vandertie did get a two-out single in the top of the seventh, but Alverno was unable to bring her across as the Muskies held on for the win.
The second game saw Rice kick off the contest with a leadoff single, but was then erased on a double play.
In the bottom of the first, the Muskies led off the game with a triple and then two batters later squeezed in the game's first run with a bunt. Three batters later with the bases full, Schmick issued a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team.
The 2-0 lead held over the next several innings as Alverno and Lakeland matched scoreless innings behind strong pitching.
With the game shifting into the fifth inning, Lakeland added on to its lead in the bottom of the inning as the Muskies loaded the bases on the first four batters. The next two batters singled off of Schmick, followed by Greif respectively as Lakeland extended its lead to five runs.
Mathies reached first on an infield single with one out in the sixth before Rice knocked an opposite-field single to put two runners on. Vandertie followed with a single to plate Mathies with Alverno's first run. Schmick then followed with a single to plate Rice as the Inferno settled for two runs, slicing the deficit to three.
Greif and Korn reached on back-to-back one-out singles, but Alverno was unable to score the runs needed to tie or take the lead as Lakeland held on for the three-run win.
Alverno (9-18, 0-10 NACC) will get right back to action on Tuesday evening, when the team visits Marian for another conference doubleheader with the Sabres.