Softball Splits With UW-La Crosse

Posted on April 2nd, 2011 by

Jen Ulmen knocked out the game-winning bomb in game one.

The Gustavus Adolphus softball teamed christened the Hollingsworth Field softball diamond with a split against UW-La Crosse on Saturday afternoon in St. Peter, Minn.  The Gusties won game one 4-2 on a walk-off homer by Jen Ulmen in the bottom of the ninth inning.  UW-La Crosse took game two 5-3 with a pair of late-game runs to earn the split.  Gustavus moves to 7-9 on the season, while UW-La Crosse moves to 14-7.

The Gusties got on the board first in game one, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Kelly Myers doubled to the left-center gap to score Kirsten Prunty and Amber Hohenstein.  Myers was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the game.

Pitcher Kate Rentschler had her change-up working from the start of the game, giving up just two hits in the first five innings.  The Eagles got to Rentschler in the sixth inning, tying the game at 2-2 when Lauren Schaller singled up the middle to bring in a pair of runs.

Niether team could score the game-winning run in the remaining frame as the contest went into extra innings.  UW-La Crosse left one runner on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, yet couldn’t bring in the go-ahead run.

Prunty got the rally going in the bottom of the ninth with a one-out double to the right-center gap.  Ulmen fouled multiple pitches off in her at-bat before connecting and driving the ball over the left field fence.  Mitch Anderson was the first player to score a touchdown on Hollingsworth Field in 2007, and Jen Ulmen will go down in the history books as the first player to hit a home run on the same playing surface.

Rentschler improved to 6-5 with the win, giving up two runs on seven hits in a complete game performance.  Lauren Beres suffered the loss (5-6), giving up four funs on 10 hits.

Gustavus’ Jenny Ewert and MacKenzie Dalton also had multiple hit games.  Ewert went 2-for-4 with a double, and Dalton was 2-for-3.

Game One Box Score

Lisa Klass sprints for a ground ball.

The Eagles turned the tables in game two, scoring three runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.  Schaller tripled to score Jenna Ahnen, then later got home on a passed ball for their third run of the inning.

The Gusties would chip away one run at a time, scoring in the second, third, and fourth innings to tie the game at 3-3.  Sam Brenemen knocked in Myers with a single in the second inning, Wendorff plated Dalton with a single in the third, and Amy Lynch slipped under an attempted tag between third base and home to score in the fourth.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Eagles took a 5-3 advantage with one run in the sixth and another in the seventh.  Natalie Stoll hit a dinger in the seventh to give UW-La Crosse a two-run edge.

Rentschler suffered the loss (6-6) on the hill for the Gusties, going six innings and giving up five runs (4 earned).  Lacey Probst got the win, improving to 7-1 after giving up three runs on seven hits.

Game Two Box Score

The Gusties will begin their MIAC season with a doubleheader against St. Catherine on Tuesday, April 5 in St. Paul.  First pitch for game one is set for 4:00 p.m.



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