No. 23 UW-Eau Claire swept the University of Wisconsin-Platteville softball team in a WIAC doubleheader on Sunday. The Blugolds won game one, 14-2 and the nightcap, 7-2 to raise their record to 26-10, 9-5 WIAC as the Pioneers fall to 14-22, 4-10 WIAC.
In game one, the Pioneers were held to just one hit – a two-run home run by Colleen Lowe (pictured). The Blugolds scored four times in the bottom of the first and five in the second and third inning for the victory. Nikki Bromelkamp went 2-for-with five RBI to lead UW-Eau Claire and the top players in the lineup Sara Baumgartner and Aleisha Harper each had three hits in a 16-hit attack.
UW-Eau Claire starter Emma Wishau allowed the one hit to Lowe and struck out seven to raise her record 6-2 and UW-Platteville starter Melissa Anderson went all four innings and she falls to 9-8.
In the nightcap, UW-Eau Claire took advantage of a pair of two Pioneer miscues and a three-run home run by Jess Freagon in a five-run fifth inning for the 7-2 win.
The Blugolds scored first in the second inning on a RBI ground out before the Pioneers tied it in third on a home run by Samantha Niemann. The game remained tied until the fifth when Freagon went deep following a single and walk for the three-run home run. UW-Eau Claire scored two more in the inning to take a 6-1 lead. They added to their lead with an unearned run in the sixth to make it 7-1. Next, a RBI groundout by Chantal McReynolds scored Cassandra Bonin, who started the inning with a double to left field to cut the deficit to five.
Offensively for the Pioneers, Colleen Lowe had two hits to lead UW-Platteville and pitcher Jeni Freiburger allowed 10 hits and struck out five in the loss to fall to 5-11. For UW-Eau Claire, in relief, Ashley Meinen went the final five innings, giving up six hits and two runs – both earned to raise her record to 9-5. Baumgartner and Harper each had three more hits to lead a 10-hit attack.
Next, the Pioneers travel to UW-Superior on Monday for a doubleheader, starting at noon.
Box Score (Game 1)
Box Score (Game 2)