MILWAUKEE – Sophomore Kim White hit a two-run home run on the first pitch she saw in the eighth inning to send the MSOE softball team to a 5-3 victory over Dominican in game two and earn a doubleheader split Sunday afternoon at MSOE Athletic Field
The Raiders (12-4, 1-1 NACC) fell to the Stars (8-14, 2-4 NACC) 2-0 in game one before the thrilling nightcap.
After dropping the opener, MSOE trailed 2-0 before getting on the board with a three-run third inning in game two. The key was a two-out rally sparked when junior Emma Megal was hit by a pitch. She then scored on the first of three-straight doubles by junior Emily Snow, sophomore Amanda Manssen, and senior Caitlyn Moran. Moran's two-bagger made it a 3-2 game.
Dominican tallied single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings, tying the score in their next at-bat.
The pitchers did their job keeping both teams off the scoreboard over the final three innings of regulation. The Stars threatened in their half of the eighth inning by loading the bases with just one out but freshman Lorrin Pondo came back to get a strikeout and a ground ball to escape the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Moran was hit by a pitch with one out. Then, White blasted the first pitch she saw to centerfield for her first career home run.
Pondo (8-4) picked up the win by throwing the final 2.1 innings of relief. She struck out four and worked around a pair of hits and two walks in the outing. Junior Liz Gale got the start in the circle and tossed 3.2 innings with a pair of earned runs allowed. Senior Sara McConnell had 2.0 scoreless innings of work, striking out two and allowing just two hits.
At the plate, Snow finished with two hits and was also hit by a pitch after going 0-for-3 in game one. She saw streaks of 51-straight games reaching base safely and 13 games with a hit snapped. It was her third-straight 10-plus game hitting streak.
In the opener, the Raiders did not struggle for base-runners but were just unable to get the clutch hit. They had a runner in scoring position with less than two outs in four frames, and had a base-runner in 6-of-7 innings, but could not crack the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, Dominican struck for a pair of runs in the fifth and was able to make that hold up in collecting the win.
Pondo took the loss with 6.1 innings in the circle. She struck out six in the game. McConnell retired both batters that she faced to close out the game.
MSOE returns to the field with a pair of midweek doubleheaders necessitated by postponements. The team hosts Concordia Chicago Tuesday and plays at Lakeland on Wednesday.