MILWAUKEE – Freshman Lorrin Pondo struck out 10 on her way to her fourth shutout of the season in game one to propel the MSOE softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Alverno Wednesday afternoon at MSOE Athletic Field.
The Raiders (19-11, 8-8 NACC) scored early and held on for a 1-0 win in game one before putting pressure on the Inferno (14-18, 6-10 NACC) for a 9-1 win in five innings in the second game.
Pondo (11-9) scattered three hits and three walks in the game. She allowed runners to reach scoring position just two times, buckling down and escaping danger each time.
Junior Rachel Ziemba and sophomore Amanda Manssen each had two hits for the team's four hits in the game. The pair combined to generate the game's lone run in the first inning. Ziemba led off with a triple and Manssen drove her in with a single two batters later.
Pondo did the rest of the work. Alverno would put runners on second and third with just one out in the fifth inning but Pondo came back to induce a pop out and a line out to end the inning. With runners on first and second and one out in the seventh inning, she struck out the next hitter and got a pop fly to end the game.
MSOE once again jumped out to an early lead in game two, scoring three times in the first inning to set the tone. Junior Emily Snow hit a one-out single and advanced to third on an error in the outfield. She came around to score on junior Emma Megal's single. Megal scored on a Manssen single, which featured another error. Two batters later, a third error brought Manssen in to score.
The Inferno pulled a run back in the top of the second inning, capitalizing on a Red & White error for an unearned run.
The Raiders then broke the game open with six runs in the third inning. Back-to-back singles led off the inning and junior Julia Marsh drove in a run with a single two batters later. On the first pitch of the next batter, a double steal brought in another run. An error and a walk loaded the bases for Snow, who doubled to the wall in centerfield and cleared the bases
One more defensive miscue allowed Snow to score to make it 9-1.
Senior Sara McConnell (4-2) and junior Liz Gale combined on a solid game in the circle. McConnell picked up the win with 3.0 innings in the start. She scattered six hits and allowed just an unearned run. Gale then struck out the side in her first inning of work and finished with four strikeouts in 2.0 innings.
MSOE continues a marathon week of games as it plays 10 games in five days. The Raiders host Mount Mary Thursday in a non-league doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.