UW-Whitewater softball team drops WIAC tourney opener
Game 1—UW-River Falls 4, UW-Oshkosh 1
Game 2—UW-La Crosse 4, UW-Superior 1
Game 3—UW-Eau Claire 6, UW-Whitewater 3
Game 4—UW-Superior 5, UW-Oshkosh 4
(Oshkosh is eliminated)
Game 5—UW-Whitewater vs. UW-River Falls, 10 a.m.
Game 6—UW-La Crosse vs. UW-Eau Claire, noon
(If 4 teams remain after Game 6)
Game 7--UW-Superior vs. Game 6 loser, 2 p.m.
Game 8--Game #5 Winner vs. Game winner, 4 p.m.
(if 5 teams remain after Game 6)
Game 7--UW-Superior vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.
Game 8--Game 5 Loser vs. Game 6 loser, 4 p.m.
UW-Whitewater lost 6-3 to UW-Eau Claire in a WIAC softball tournament opener here Friday.
The Blugolds scored all six of their runs in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie.
Whitewater starter Jessica Stang (19-4) pitched a no-hitter through six innings, but she allowed a leadoff walk in the seventh. A throwing error and a single broke the tie to give Eau Claire a 1-0 lead. Three straight bases-loaded singles and fielder’s choice followed to give the Blugolds a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Whitewater’s Jordyn Gaza and Haley Krueger each hit RBI singles and Kate McDonnell added an RBI sacrifice fly, but the rally was snuffed with a strikeout with two runners in scoring position.
Whitewater (26-9) must defeat WIAC reguls-season champion UW-River Falls at 10 a.m. today to remain in the six-team, double-elimination tournament.
In other opening-round tournament games, River Falls defeated UW-Oshkosh, 4-1; UW-La Crosse defeated UW-Superior, 4-1, and Superior eliminated Oshkosh, 5-4.
EAU CLAIRE 6, WHITEWATER 3
UW-Eau Claire 000 000 6—6 4 2
UW-Whitewater 000 000 3—3 7 1
Wishau and Bromelkamp; Stang and Epifanio.
SO—Wischau (EC) 3, Stang (W) 8, BB—Stang 5.