EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ended their Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season with a pair of losses in a double-header against UW-Whitewater.
The first game of the day was a thrilling 13-inning duel between the conference opponents. UW-Whitewater was able to jump out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Blugolds found a way to respond. Mikayla McEnery (So.-Savage, MN/Prior Lake) managed two RBI's in the fifth, knocking in Haley Robinson (Fr.-Hoffman Estates, IL/St. Viator) and Katie Rongstad (Jr.-Slinger, WI).
The two would remain tied all the way into the 13th inning, with neither able to get the upper hand. UW-Whitewater would finish off the game with a walk-off home run, ending the game 3-2.
Cheyenne Johnson (Jr.-Poplar, WI/Northwestern) was given a loss, despite allowing just one run over the course of eight innings. The loss dropped her to 6-3 on the season.
The Blugolds were unable to get their bats alive in the second game of the night, losing 4-0. The Warhawks once again jumped out to an early lead, with two runs in the first inning before adding two more in the fifth. Sarah Peka (Jr.-Chanhassen, MN/Minnetonka) pitched well, but ultimately was given the loss, dropping her to 10-4 on the season.
Despite their offensive struggles, Eau Claire got two hits from Emma Lehman (Sr.-Brooklyn Park, MN/Champlin Park) and managed to get on base with three walks.
The losses dropped the Blugolds to 23-8-1 overall and 9-4-1 in conference action. They'll hope to get on track one more doubleheader at Bollinger Field against Saint Benedict (MN) on Tuesday. WIAC Tournament play will begin May 3rd. Follow the Blugolds on Blugold Game Day or on the 'UWEC Blugolds' app' on your mobile device.