LA CROSSE, Wis. – Offense has been key for the Viterbo University softball team lately but on Thursday afternoon, the V-Hawks pitching stepped up. Solid performances from the circle coupled with some timely home runs helped Viterbo earn their second straight sweep of Waldorf University 3-0 and 4-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Kayla McInerney (SR/Taconite, Minn.) and Bailey Thur (SO/Yorkville, Wis.) dealt in game one, scattering just five hits over seven innings, combined.
-McInerney struck out a pair and allowed just two hits in five innings, while Thur picked up the save with one strikeout and two hits allowed in the final two frames.
-Offensively, the V-Hawks relied on the long ball as three of their four hits were home runs.
-In three consecutive innings, Elli Anderson (FR/Minneapolis, Minn.), Abigail Giese (FR/Hager City, Wis.), and Sarah Obert (SO/La Crosse, Wis.) each homered as the V-Hawks earned a 3-0 shutout victory.
-In game two, Caitlyn Kozik (SO/Marshfield, Wis.) and Obert took care of business on the rubber. Obert allowed four hits and a pair of earned runs while Kozik scattered three base knocks in three innings.
-Down 2-0, the V-Hawks rallied in the sixth inning. Anderson ripped her second homer of the day to tie it 2-2 and after a solo shot from Thur, Sarah Throgmorton (SO/Waukesha, Wis.) singled in Sarah Duerwachter (FR/La Crescent, Minn.) to go up 4-2.
-Obert took care of business in the seventh, to close out a series sweep for Viterbo.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The V-Hawks pitchers allowed just two earned runs in 14 innings, finishing with a team earned run average of 1.00.
-Five of Viterbo's 11 hits on the day were home runs, accounting for six of the seven runs scored.
-Anderson finished 3-for-6 with a pair of long balls and three RBIs.
-Kelsey Ludwig (SO/Mosinee, Wis.), Giese, and Obert accounted for two hits apiece.
-For the Warriors, Hattie Hupke totaled five hits and scored both runs.
UP NEXT FOR VITERBO
The V-Hawks will next hit the road as they take on Clarke University on April 18. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. with live stats on www.viterboathletics.com.