Softball Splits on Day Two of WIAC Championship

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The 22nd-ranked UW-Eau Claire team split on the second day of the 2012 WIAC Championship, opening the day with a 5-1 win over UW-Stout while falling to 21st-ranked UW-Whitewater 4-1 at Gelein Field today.

The loss to the Warhawks ended the Blugolds' 16-game winning streak, the second longest in school history (longest was 18 in 2006). It also stopped a 12-game home winning streak. Eau Claire is now 32-11 on the season and 12-1 at home.

In the first game against Stout (20-22), the Blugolds batted first and Amanda Fischer (Fr.-Wausau, Wis./West) nailed her eighth home run of the season, which drove in Jenny Hess (Jr.-Wisconsin Rapids, Wis./Lincoln). While the Blue Devils answered in the bottom of the opening inning, it would be their lone run of the game.

In the fifth inning, Fischer scored to give the Blugolds a 3-1 lead and Nikki Bromelkamp (Sr.-Zumbrota, Minn./Zumbrota-Mazeppa) gave the Blugolds two more insurance runs in the seventh by hitting a two-run homer. Taylor Pierce (Fr.-Ashwaubenon, Wis.) scored on the home run, which was Bromelkamp's fifth of the year.

Bromelkamp led the game with three hits as Eau Claire recorded 11.

Emma Wishau (So.-Waterford, Wis./Union) pitched her 17th complete game of the season to improve to 14-6. She struck out four batters while allowing seven hits.

In game two against Whitewater (32-9), the Blugolds got down 4-0 in the first inning and never recovered. Whitewater had at least one hit in each inning and finished the game with 10 to just four for the Blugolds.

Eau Claire's only run came in the fourth inning when Hess scored on a throwing error by the catcher with two outs. The Blugolds had two hits in the inning but left one runner on-base.

Ashley Meinen (Sr.-Chippewa Falls, Wis./McDonell) took the loss in the circle and fell to 10-4. She struck out six batters and walked three while giving up four runs, all of which were unearned.

Next up, the Blugolds face UW-River Falls in game nine of the WIAC Championship, an elimination contest. Action is set to get underway at 11 a.m. Sunday. The winner will advance to face UW-Whitewater.

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