A cause worth pitching: Loras, UD teams fundraise for kids with cancer

UD and Loras softball teams join efforts for a greater cause
Photo courtesy of Loras College Athletics — Both softball teams from the University of Dubuque and Loras College put their rivals aside to pose for a picture after a successful fundraiser to help end childhood cancer.

In an IIAC rivalry match-up, the University of Dubuque Spartans and Loras Duhawks banded together to raise money for the Red Shamrock Foundation. The two teams collected approximately $5,000 for children with cancer.

The 2018 Strike Out Cancer games were held at UD. Raffle tickets were sold for chances to win Loras or UD clothing or accessories. In another drawing that raised a significant amount of money, an $800 reclining chair was raffled off. One of the major business donors to the benefit was Sedgwick of Dubuque, who played a 16-inch slow-pitch game between games one and two. Loras and Dubuque also joined in the Dorm-Storm: players went room to room to ask for change from residents for the Red Shamrock Foundation.

In game one of the Strike Out Cancer doubleheader, Loras took down UD 8-0 in six innings, on 11 hits with zero errors. Four of the eight runs in game one were batted in by Junior DP Melanie Gerbig, who went 3-3 with four RBIs. Junior Hannah Towns went 2-3 with an RBI for the Duhawks. Three of the eight runs scored by the Duhawks were unearned – scored off of errors by the Spartans.

Defensively, sophomore pitcher Emily Reilly threw a complete game (with help from the Duhawk defense), striking out four and allowing only five hits, but no runs.

After the Sedgwick slow-pitch game, the Duhawks took game two 7-6 in seven innings. The Duhawks had eight hits and one error in the game, while the Spartans had seven hits and four errors. In the circle for the Duhawks, first-year Bailey Bauldauf earned her first win of the season, throwing 1.1 innings, with one hit and one strike out. Game one pitcher Reilly closed game two for her first career save.

Offensively, the Duhawks’ bats were led by junior Shannon Coyle, who went 3-4 with one RBI, and senior Bria Lenten, who went 2-3 with three RBIs.

“Our offense was on in game two after a big win in the first game. It’s always fun to come out and get a sweep against our rivals, especially since it’s my senior year. I knew UD wasn’t going to just give us game two after being run-ruled in game one, but I trusted that our offense and defense would get it done,” said Lenten.

Unfortunately, the team his a rut after this series, going 2-7 in the next four doubleheaders including a single showcase against the St. Ambrose Bees. Their record currently sits at 19-19, good for a go at the IIAC Tournament.

As conference play ends, the Duhawks landed the fifth seed in the IIAC tournament, with a record of 7-9. In the first round of the IIAC tournament the Duhawks will play the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves, a second-year addition to the Iowa Conference. The conference tournament will begin May 4 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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Lauren Fritz is a sports writer for The Lorian.

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