MILWAUKEE – MSOE softball celebrated senior night yesterday, honoring the five that will be leaving the program after the conclusion of this season. The hope is that that journey is far from over. The Raiders continued their march to the NACC postseason tournament with two very convincing wins over the Rockford Regents at the MSOE Athletic Field on Friday afternoon.
Rockford – 0
MSOE Raiders – 7
Game Two (5 innings)
Rockford – 1
MSOE – 10
HOW IT HAPPENED
Emily Wiederholt (Cuba City, Wis. / Cuba City) was dominate for MSOE (28-10, 16-4) in game one, throwing all seven innings without giving up a run. The junior surrendered just five hits and struck out 11, fooling bats left and right as nine of the 11 were swinging outs. On the offensive side, Lauren Stefanczyk (Palmyra, Wis. / Palmyra-Eagle) got the scoring started with an RBI triple in the bottom of the first, and anything after that was just icing on the cake. The Red & White scored one more in that inning, to go along with two in the third and three in the fourth. Three different Raiders had two runs batted in, as Edgewood (16-22, 6-14) failed to cross home plate in the 7-0 MSOE win.
Almost as if they were surprised that they only scored seven in the first ballgame, the Raiders kept pouring in on in the second, tallying 10 runs and 13 hits in just four at-bats. Again, the Red & White scored two in the first, this time with seniors Emily Snow (Long Beach, Calif. / Millikan) and Rachel Ziemba (South Elgin, Ill. / South Elgin) knocking in their teammates with singles to center. The Raiders fully put the game away in the third however, scoring six runs by sending all nine batters to the plate. Rockford would get their lone run in the fourth inning, but MSOE got back two more in the bottom half. Senior Liz Gale (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) finished off the Regents in order to lock down the 10-1 mercy rule win, a contest that saw Lorrin Pondo (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bolingbrook)pick up her 13th victory of the campaign.
The playoff picture will fully take shape after the last doubleheader is played amongst conference teams. With the Raiders only one game back of CUW for first and one game ahead on Aurora in the second spot, a sweep, split, or two losses can change the landscape dramatically.
MSOE STAT TRACKER – TWO GAME TOTALS
Rachel Ziemba – 3 hits, 2 RBIs
Emily Snow – 2 runs, 3 hits, 3 RBIs
Liz Gale – 2 innings pitched, 2 hits allowed, 1 run allowed
Julia Marsh (Omaha, Neb. / Millard North) – 1 run, 3 hits
Emma Megal (Elm Grove, Wis. / Brookfield East) – 1 run, 1 hit, 1 RBI
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders will play their last regular season contest tomorrow evening, still in search of the NACC regular season crown that has yet to be claimed. First pitch of game one against Edgewood is slated for 6:00 pm.