Alverno Unable to Keep Pace with Raiders in League Doubleheader

Alverno Unable to Keep Pace with Raiders in League Doubleheader

MILWAUKEE – The Alverno softball team played a make-up doubleheader with the MSOE Raiders on Friday afternoon, as the Inferno played host on the Alverno Softball Field. In the opener, the Inferno dropped the game by a 5-1 score before falling 10-4 in the second game of the day.

Three members of the Inferno had multi-hit afternoons as senior Mackenzie Mathies, junior Brandi Rice, and sophomore Kaitlynn Schmick all had a pair of singles and one RBI apiece. Seniors Carina Jimenez and Andie Vandertie also had RBIs. Jimenez and classmate Samantha Chapnick had singles on the afternoon as well.

Senior Sam Korn led the Inferno with three runs scored, while both Mathies and senior Dani Hood also scored runs on the day. Alverno also drew seven walks as a team with Rice drawing a pair to add to her single-season record; Mathies, Jimenez, Vandertie, Hood and Korn also drew walks. Korn also had Alverno's lone stolen base on the day.

Korn got the start in the opener in the circle and went one-plus innings against the Raiders and allowed two runs over her inning of work. Sophomore Lauren Greif came on to relieve Korn in the top of the second and tossed five innings while allowing just three runs and striking out a batter. Freshman Natalie Akin closed out the game by throwing a scoreless seventh inning while striking out a pair.

In the second game, it was Schmick to get the start as she went the distance as she struck out a pair over her seven innings of work for her eighth complete game of the season.

Game 1

In the opening inning, Korn yielded a pair of baserunners but stranded the pair on a trio of groundouts. Alverno got a runner into scoring position in the bottom of the inning but were unable to bring the game's first run across. MSOE tallied a pair of runs off of Korn in the second before Greif came on to get the first three batters she faced.

Neither side was able to get a baserunner in the third before the Raiders scored a third run on a sacrifice fly in the inning to take a 3-0 lead before adding another single run in the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Alverno got a run back as Korn reached on a one-out walk before stealing second. Rice then singled through the left side of the infield allowing Korn to score from second before Rice was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.

MSOE added another run in the sixth, and threatened in the seventh off of Akin but the freshman was able to get out of the inning unscathed as she struck out a pair.

Chapnick registered a one-out single in the seventh inning but Alverno couldn't string together any more hits as the Raiders took the game, 5-1.

Game 2

In game two, both sides got runners into scoring position as Alverno got the bottom of the first started with a walk by Rice followed by a bunt by Mathies. Schmick then singled up the middle to put runners on the corners but the Raiders turned a double play to escape the inning.

After a scoreless second inning, MSOE broke through with two runs on a pair of hits and a wild pitch but Schmick limited the damage by stranding a pair of runners.

The Inferno fought back in the bottom of the inning as Hood walked before Korn was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Mathies walked to load the bases. Schmick reached on a fielding error allowing Hood to score before Jimenez and Vandertie reached on back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to put the Inferno ahead by a 3-2 score.

MSOE wrestled the lead back with two runs in the top of the fourth, before adding another two runs on the fifth inning. Mathies singled in the fifth but was erased on a double play as the game progressed to the sixth inning.

A scoreless sixth inning saw both teams each record one hit apiece before the Raiders scored four runs on five hits in the top of the seventh to put the road team ahead by a 10-3 margin.

Greif pinch hit in the bottom of the inning and was hit by a pitch with one out before Korn ran for Greif. Rice singled to the opposite field to put runners on the corners. Up next was Mathies, who reached on a fielder's choice allowing Korn to score the fourth Inferno run. Schmick singled to keep the inning alive, but MSOE got the final out of the game to pick up the second win of the day.

Alverno (9-21, 0-14 NACC) will return home on Saturday, for a 12 p.m. doubleheader on the Alverno Softball Field for a matchup with the Edgewood Eagles.