Softball on Spring Break - Blugolds Drop First Game of the Season, But Salvage Doubleheader Split
CLERMONT, Fla. (Blugolds.com) — The UW-Eau Claire softball team finally saw their undefeated start to the season come to an end, but they still managed to pick up a doubleheader split, with a 4-0 loss to Tufts University (Mass.) and a 4-0 win over the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
The Blugolds finished with four hits in the first game, but they were unable to get a run across for the first time this season. Amanda Fischer (So.-Wausau, Wis./West), Sarah Fern (Sr.-Brooklyn Center, Minn./Park Center), Deanna Gilane (So.-South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee) and Nikki Brooks (So.-New Richmond, Wis./St. Croix Central) all had one hit each.
In the second game, the Blugolds (7-1) scored in the first two innings and Laura Raflik (So.-Plover, Wis./Pacelli) took care of the rest, going the distance to pick up the complete game shutout, while allowing just four hits against Mass.-Boston (2-4).
Emily Haluska (Sr.-Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) brought home Fischer with an RBI single in the first inning for the 1-0 lead. In the second inning, the Blugolds added three more runs.
With runners on second and third, Jenny Hess (Sr.-Wisconsin Rapids, Wis./Lincoln) laid down an RBI bunt single for the first run of the inning. A walk loaded the bases for Gilane, who was hit by a pitch to bring home another run. With the bases still loaded, Haluska reached on an error by the second baseman to plate the final run of the inning for the 4-0 lead.
The Blugolds finished with five hits, one each by Fischer, Hess, Haluska, Taylor Pierce (So.-Ashwaubenon, Wis./Ashwaubenon) and Abby Hansen (Fr.-Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna), while Haluska also added two RBIs.
The Blugolds are now 5-1 on their spring break trip and will be off tomorrow. They will be back in action again on Thursday for two more games with the first one starting at 2 p.m.