The University of Wisconsin-Platteville softball team swept a doubleheader from host Beloit, 3-2 and 9-1, on Thursday afternoon.
The Pioneers (10-10) scored a run in the second, sixth and the seventh for the opening game victory. UW-Platteville’s Jordan Johnson had a team-high two-hits led a five-hit effort and in the circle, pitcher Melissa Anderson (pictured at the top) picked up the win to raise her record to 7-2 on the season.
After Beloit (4-14) had tied the game for the second time in the sixth, UW-Platteville plated the winning run in its half of the seventh. To start the inning, junior Brittany Caley reached on a walk. She promptly stole second and moved to third on an Aubrey Fulton sacrifice bunt. Next, Chantal McReynolds drove her in on a fielder’s choice.
Anderson shut down Beloit in its half of the seventh with a pair of ground outs and a pop out on a bunt attempt for the win.
Fueled by the opening game win, the Pioneers posted a 9-1 win in the nightcap to complete the doubleheader sweep in five innings. In the rout, UW-Platteville scored five times in the second to erase an early 1-0 deficit and added four more in the fifth for the run-rule victory. Picking up the win, in the circle was Jeni Freiburger (pictured below), who improves to 3-5. Five players had hits and four had RBIs in the win for the Pioneers.
Offensively for the Pioneers, Brittany Caley had two hits and two RBIs, Ellyn Goerdt had two hits and two runs and Cassandra Bonin had a hit, scored twice and had three RBI in the win to lead UW-Platteville.
In the second, the Pioneers scored five runs on just two hits but took advantage of two Buccaneers’ errors. UW-Platteville put together a hit parade in the fifth with four hits to score four runs. With one out, Jordan Johnson and Ellyn Goerdt singled to put runners on first and second. Next, Colleen Lowe walked to load the bases for Bonin, who drove in Johnson and Goerdt with a single through the left side. The two-RBI single by Bonin put the Pioneers in front by a 7-1 advantage. UW-Platteville added to its lead on a RBI single by Caley and Bonin would score on a wild pitch for the final margin.
Freiburger went all five innings, allowed just two hits, struck out four and allowed an unearned run for the victory.
Next, the Pioneers will return to the UW-Platteville Softball Complex for a WIAC doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. against UW-River Falls and on Sunday for a doubleheader against Augustana.
Boxscore (Game 1)
Boxscore (Game 2)