The University of Wisconsin-Platteville softball team split its first two games on Saturday at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Florida. UW-Platteville started the day with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Muskingum and lost to the U.S. Coast Guard, 5-0.
The Pioneers (2-1) rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the seventh inning to plate three runs for the win. Following a ground out by Ellyn Gerdt moved two Pioneers runners into scoring position, Samantha Niemann singled to left field to put UW-Platteville ahead by a 5-4 margin for their first lead since the top of the fifth.
Next, the Pioneers extended its lead to 6-4 when Rice singled down the left-field line to score Jordan Johnson.
Muskingum (1-7) built a 4-3 lead through six innings on the strength of a two-run third and single runs in the fourth, fifth and in the seventh. The Muskies stranded 10 runners on base and committed four errors in the loss.
In the bottom half of the seventh, a sacrifice fly by Courtney Allen that trimmed the Pioneers' lead to 6-5. After a ground out moved the tying run to second, UW-Platteville pitcher Melissa Anderson got a ground out to end the comeback effort and seal the win.
In Saturday’s nightcap against the U.S. Coast Guard, UW-Platteville dropped a 5-0 decision. No further information is available at this time. The loss drops the Pioneers to a 2-2 mark as they will continue their participation in the Rebel Games when they face Endicott and Kean on Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m., respectively.
Boxscore vs. Muskingum
Boxscore vs. U.S. Coast Guard