PLYMOUTH, Wisconsin – Junior Emily Snow hit a home run in game one and finished the day reaching base six times in a doubleheader split with Lakeland Wednesday afternoon at Muskie Softball Field.
The Raiders (13-7, 2-4 NACC) won game one, 8-5, but could not hold off the Muskies (8-12, 3-3 NACC) in a late nine-run sixth inning in an 11-5 loss in the second game.
MSOE jumped on the board right away, scoring three times in the first inning of game one, capitalizing on a pair of errors and some aggressive base running to take the early lead. That advantage grew to 5-0 in the third inning. A lead-off error and two walks loaded the bases with just one out. Two batters later, sophomore Kim White plated a pair of runs with a single.
Lakeland would strike back with three runs in the fourth inning. The home team saw a reciprocation of sorts, with a pair of Red & White errors leading to all three runs being unearned.
Snow pulled a run back immediately, leading off the fifth inning with her second home run of the season. Then, in the sixth inning, junior Julia Marsh doubled to lead off and two of the next three hitters walked to load the bases. Snow drew a bases-loaded walk and sophomore Amanda Manssen made it 8-3 with an RBI single.
In the seventh inning, the Muskies rallied with a lead-off walk and a double pulling back a run. After an error, a groundout plated an unearned score.
Freshman Lorrin Pondo (9-6) picked up the win, striking out nine over 6.1 innings. She scattered eight hits and allowed just one earned run. Junior Liz Gale came on to face the final two hitters, getting a strikeout to close out the game.
In game two, it was the Muskies scoring first with a two-run first inning.
The Raiders struggled to respond before getting on the board with a run in the fourth inning. Snow hit a one-out single and came around to score on junior Emma Megal's two-run double. They then broke open the game with a four-run sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Three-straight singles plated the first run, with Manssen providing the RBI. Then, two hitters later, White drove in a run with a single and another runner scored on the throw. Sophomore Riley Rossbach came up next with an RBI double for a three-run advantage.
Lakeland came right back, loading the bases with three-straight hits to open its half of the sixth inning. After a pop out, the floodgates opened with a bases-loaded double and later a triple the bulk of the damage. When the smoke cleared, LU had an 11-5 lead it would not relinquish.
The Red & White led off the next inning with a base hit but a late rally never materialized.
Pondo suffered the loss, tossing the final complete inning. Senior Sara McConnell got the start in the circle and threw 5.0 innings.
The Raiders will play for a third-straight day, heading across town to take on Wisconsin Lutheran Thursday. The doubleheader was moved up from this coming Saturday in anticipation of the inclement weather on the weekend.