Pioneers and UW-Oshkosh Split Doubleheader
April 25, 2012
In a crucial WIAC doubleheader, it took extra innings in both games to decide the winner, between the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Wednesday afternoon at the UW-Platteville softball complex. The visiting Titans took the first game in nine innings, 9-8 and the host Pioneers took the nightcap in eight innings, 8-7.
With the doubleheader split, UW-Platteville is now 19-14 overall and 8-6 in the WIAC; whereas, UW-Oshkosh is now 21-15 and 6-6 in the WIAC.
In the first game, the two teams lit up the scoreboard for 27 hits in the 9-8 extra-inning win by UW-Oshkosh. Julie Sweeney and Katie Koepsel each had four RBI to lead a Titan attack. Koepsel, Tess Fadness and Hillary Trebiatowski each had three hits and Sweeney added two to lead UW-Oshkosh.
Jordan Johnson, Ashlen Folkers and Chantal McReynolds each had two hits to lead the Pioneer offense. Off the bench, Taylor Ruchti had a pinch-hit two RBI single for UW-Platteville.
In the contest, no lead was safe for either team. UW-Oshkosh went ahead in the top of the first, plating two runs for the early 2-0 lead. The Pioneers came back in the bottom half of the inning, sending nine batters to the plate, scoring three runs
Then, UW-Platteville stretched its lead to 4-2 in the top of the second when McReynolds hit a solo home run to start the inning. A two-RBI single by Koepsel in the third, tied the game at 4 and for the second time in the contest.
UW-Oshkosh took its second lead of the game in the fourth inning when they scored four times. Three of which came in on a home run by reigning WIAC Offensive Player of the Week, Julie Sweeney.
The Titans retained the momentum in the bottom half of the inning when Nathalie Schattner hit a deep fly ball to left field that UW-Oshkosh left fielder Hillary Trebiatowski caught at the top of the fence to take away a home run by the Pioneer designated player.
However, the Pioneers rallied to tie it in the sixth, scoring four runs to tie the game at 8. For the second time in the game, UW-Platteville sent nine batters to the plate. To score the runs, the Pioneers got RBI singles by Molly Rice and Colleen Lowe and a two-RBI single from pinch hitter Taylor Ruchti.
Both teams stranded base runners in the seventh to force extra innings. With one out in the ninth, Koepsel recorded her third hit of the game, going deep to put the visitors ahead by one.
The Pioneers mounted a two-out threat when Folkers doubled to the gap in left-center field. However, Sweeney got Schattner to strike out to end the game.
In relief, Sweeney pitched the final 3 1/3 innings, scattering two hits and striking out four for the win and even her record at 7-7.
UW-Platteville starter Melissa Anderson pitched all nine innings in the loss to fall to 9-7.
In the nightcap, the two teams combined for 15 runs and 16 hits but the biggest run and two biggest hits in the game came in the eighth inning. In the inning, Chantal McReynolds started off the inning with a double to right center and plated the eventual game-winning run on a double by Nathalie Schattner for the 8-7 win by the Pioneers.
UW-Oshkosh took an early 4-0 lead in the first on a Tess Fadness grand slam. The Pioneers plated their first run of the game when Schattner drove in McReynolds from second for the first time in the game. McReynolds started the Pioneer half of the first, reaching on a walk.
Three walks, including one to Schattner with the bases loaded and a single by Jordan Johnson loaded the bases for the UW-Platteville designated player cut the Pioneer deficit to 4-2.
A three-run home run by Schattner in the fourth put the Pioneers ahead 5-4; however, the Titans answered when Sweeney hit her second home run of the doubleheader just inside the foul pole to give the Titans a 6-5 lead. A solo home run in the sixth by UW-Oshkosh stretched the lead to 7-5; however, the Pioneers failed to concede.
In the sixth, Ashlen Folkers delivered a two-RBI single up the middle to tie the game at seven between the Pioneers and the Titans. After both teams stranded base runners in the seventh, it set the stage for the heroics by Schattner and McReynolds in the eighth for the Pioneers.
McReynolds picked up her second hit of the contest, doubling to the gap in right center. After a ground out, Schattner delivered her sixth RBI of the game when she plated McReynolds with a double to the gap in right-center field for the game-winning run.
Next, the Pioneers will wrap up the home portion of its 2012 season with a non-conference doubleheader against Cornell on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the UW-Platteville Softball Complex.
Boxscore (Game 1)
Boxscore (Game 2)
Photos by Andy McNeill