FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Alverno softball team paid a visit to the Marian Sabres on Tuesday evening for a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference doubleheader from Smith Field. Through the two-game affair, it was the host Sabres to come out on top, winning the opener by an 8-0 score before taking the second game by a 5-1 margin.
Despite the outcome Alverno did get a strong offensive outing from senior Andie Vandertie, who tallied five hits on the night including her team-leading sixth double of the season. Vandertie also had the team's lone RBI of the day, as she drove in class mate Sam Korn in the second game of the doubleheader.
Also collecting multiple hits on the day was freshman Natalie Akin, who tallied two singles in her four at bats while also walking once. Korn had a base knock on the afternoon for the team's eighth hit as a squad on Tuesday.
In the circle Akin got the starting nod in the opener and went the first two innings while yielding a pair of early runs to the Sabres in her first pitching appearance since March 28. Sophomore Lauren Greif came on for the third inning and struck out one batter over her lone inning of work. Korn came on to pitch the final inning for the Inferno and allowed just one walk in her hitless appearance.
During the second game it was sophomore Kaitlynn Schmick to go the distance as the sophomore struck out four batters over her six-inning outing as she allowed three earned runs while scattering four hits.
In the opener Vandertie got the bats started with a one-out single in the top of the first, but was unable to advance as the Sabres escaped the frame. In the bottom half of the inning, Akin yielding two runs on two hits, but stranded the bases full as she kept Alverno in the game coming up to bat in the second.
Akin looked to help her own cause with a leadoff single in the second, but the Marian pitcher struck out the next three batters as she escaped the inning. Akin put together another strong effort in the second inning as she held the Sabres in check despite Marian loading the bases in the frame.
The Inferno went down in order in the third inning, while Greif came on to pitch in the bottom of the inning and allowed a pair of runs as Marian doubled its lead to 4-0.
Schmick did reach on a fielding error to start the fourth inning but a double play and a fly ball ended the rally for the Inferno. Greif was unable to record an out in the inning before Korn came on and got three outs to retire the side.
In Alverno's last chance at the plate in the top of the fifth, Chapnick led off with a walk but Marian retired the next three in order to seal the 8-0 victory.
In the second game, Vandertied led off the game with a single to right before Akin walked two batters later to put a pair on with one down. However, the Sabres pulled an early escape act to get out of the first unscathed. In the bottom of the inning, Marian jumped out to a quick three-run lead on a hit and an error before Schmick was able to settle into a groove the remainder of the game.
Over the next four innings of the game Alverno outhit Marian by a 2-1 margin as Vandertie singled in the third and then again in the fifth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, the Sabres tacked on two more insurance runs on two hits and an error to take a 5-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Korn led off with an infield single before moving up to second on a wild pitch. Three batters later, Vandertie singled to the opposite field to chase Korn home with the first Inferno run of the game. The offensive burst was not enough as Marian held on for the 5-1 victory.
Alverno (9-19, 0-12 NACC) will get back to action on Friday afternoon. The Inferno's originally scheduled conference doubleheader with MSOE has been moved from Wednesday, April 17 to Friday, April 19 and will now start at 2 p.m.
The Inferno's originally scheduled doubleheader with Mount Mary on Friday, April 19 has been postponed and will potentially be made up next week.