MILWAUKEE – Sophomore Emily Snow and freshman Amanda Manssen had two hits each and sophomore Liz Gale threw 5.0 strong innings to lead the MSOE softball team to a doubleheader split against Benedictine Monday afternoon at MSOE Athletic Field.
The Raiders (19-9, 8-4 NACC) fell in the first game 7-2 before coming back to defeat the Eagles (21-9, 11-3 NACC) 4-3 in game two.
Gale (5-2) worked around seven hits in game two and was impressive in how she dealt with adversity. She pitched just one clean inning and stranded two runners on base in each of her four complete innings.
At the plate, MSOE struck for three runs in the third inning and tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the fourth.
With two outs in the third, sophomore Emma Megal singled. Snow and Manssen then followed with back-to-back RBI doubles. After an error put runners at the corners, junior Caitlyn Moran slowly stole second base, drawing the throw, and allowing Manssen to steal home safely to make it 3-0.
Freshman Kim White then led off the fourth inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Julia Marsh then executed a strong suicide squeeze bunt to score White without much of a play at the plate.
Every run mattered as the Eagles rallied in the sixth inning. The first three hitters reached base, the third via an RBI single. A RBI ground out followed and, two batters later, Shannon Fritsche doubled in another run to make it 4-3. She stole third base and, after a walk and another steal, BenU had runners on second and third. Senior Shannon Curtis, who entered to pitch in the inning, then induced a ground out to end the inning.
The visitors would put two more runners in scoring position with two outs in the seventh inning but the Raiders once again worked out of danger to close out the win.
Snow finished the day reaching base in all seven plate appearances with six hits, including two doubles, and a walk. She extended her streak of reaching base safely to 25-straight games. She also broke the school record for doubles in a season with her 15th in game two.
In the opener, Fritsche hit a two-run home run to open the scoring in the third inning and MSOE just could not climb back.
Megal and Snow hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom half of the third inning and Manssen plated a run with a single to center field. Then, after Benedictine added another run in the fifth, Snow hit a run-scoring double in the bottom half of the inning to make it a one-run game again at 3-2.
Unfortunately, the Eagles tacked on four runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. They loaded the bases with one out, which came on a play at the plate. After a shallow fly ball failed to score a run, it appeared the Red & White may escape danger but Emily Moore battled back from a 1-2 count to make it 3-2 and then laced a bases-clearing double on the ensuing pitch. A single followed to tack on another run.
Curtis (11-6) went the distance and suffered the loss in the opener.
In addition to a 4-for-4 effort from Snow, sophomore Rachel Ziemba also collected a pair of hits in the first game.
The Raiders return to the field Thursday at Alverno.