Five sets of doubleheaders mean potential for conference berth
The Duhawks were swept by Central College for their first losing conference double-header of the season. In Pella, the Duhawks were downed by the Dutch 7-2 in the first game, dropping sophomore ace Emily Reilly to 5-5 on the season. Although the Duhawks were only one hit behind the Dutch, they were unable to score runs when it mattered.
In the top of the fourth, junior Hannah Towns hit a leadoff double and then was scored by a single up the middle by junior Lauren Fritz, changing the score to 3-1. Central answered and was able to score three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Then they scored an unearned insurance run in the fifth off of first-year pitcher Bailey Baldauf, making the score 7-1. With one more chance to take the lead, the Duhawks were able to score one run off of the bat of first-year Haddie Anderson, scoring senior Bria Lenten.
Going into game two off of a loss, the Duhawks started junior Bayley Monroe in the circle who is seventh in IIAC with an ERA of 2.03 in 20.2 innings pitched. Throwing a complete game in the second match against the Dutch, Monroe managed to limit Central’s hits to four, ending in a final score of 1-0.
“The moment coach informed me that I would be starting game two, I had the mentality that I needed to give my best performance because our team deserved a win, and in order for that to happen I needed to be ready to throw my game,” Monroe said. “I also knew that Central would undermine us in game two, and I was ready to show that Loras Softball plays a full 14-inning outing and was not going to give up just because game one didn’t go the way we wanted. I also knew that our defense and offense had a solid outing in game one, and I knew that would continue in game two, so I had no doubt whatsoever that we wouldn’t play to the best of our ability.”
The Duhawk offense tied hits with Central in the second game with four hits but were unable to score any runs. This was only the third game of the season that the Duhawks lost without scoring, and the first loss in games that they’ve allowed one run.
Anderson was one of four to get a hit in game two, accompanied by junior Shannon Coyle, and seniors Savannah Fowler and Regan Wolverton. Wolverton is only two hits away from her career-100-hits.
The Duhawks have four conference matchups this week. They started on Tuesday, April 17, with double W’s against Simpson at home. Tomorrow, April 19, they will play Luther in Decorah. Over the weekend, the Duhawks have their Strike Out Cancer game at University of Dubuque on Saturday, April 2, followed by senior day on Sunday, April 22, at home against Buena Vista. Due to the weather, the games against Luther and Buena Vista have been moved from last week.