The UW-River Falls softball team faced two tough opponents last week and came away with two wins and two losses.
The Falcons were able to dominate Hamline on Tuesday, 4-1 and 3-0. Eighth-ranked UW-Eau Claire was a different story as it beat UW-RF 10-1 and 7-3 on Friday.
The Falcons, now 14-12 overall and 1-5 in the WIAC, will play three WIAC doubleheaders this week. Thursday, April 20, the Falcons are at UW-Stout with the first game starting at 4 p.m. On Saturday, April 22 the Falcons host UW-Platteville at 1 p.m. and on Sunday UW-RF hosts UW-La Crosse at noon.
In the first game of the Hamline series last Tuesday, the Falcons got all the runs they would need in the third inning. Keri Feller opened the inning with a single and Angie Quance pinch ran. Both Quance and Amanda Wojnowiak scored when Hamline made an error while trying to field an Emily Howlett hit.
Hamline cut the Falcon lead in half in the second inning but Falcon insurance runs were added in the bottom half of the fifth when Howlett knocked in Mindy Rudiger and Amanda Peters singled to send Wojnowiak home.
Rudiger scored two runs and had two hits in the win.
Ashley Bertrand pitched 4 1/3 innings for the Falcons and recorded three strikeouts for her eighth win on the season. Brittany Rathbun recorded her fifth save of the year.
In the nightcap, the Falcons wasted no time and scored two runs in the first on an inside-the-park home run by Breamber Syverson following a Rudiger single. Wojnowiak hit a solo homer in the sixth to make the final 3-0.
Ashley James had three hits in the win while Bertrand pitched seven strong shutout innings and upped her win total to nine. She only allowed two hits in the contest and collected three strikeouts.
In the first game against UW-EC Friday, the Blugolds scored six runs in the first and went on to post a 10-1 win. The only Falcon run came on an RBI double by Rudiger in the bottom of the first.
Bertrand started and lasted just one inning on the mound before being pulled for Rathbun, who recorded four strikeouts.
In the nightcap, the Blugolds scored four runs in the top of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie and improve to 23-3 overall, 8-0 in the WIAC. Wojnowiak had an RBI double in the fourth for the first Falcon runs. Howlett had an RBI double and scored on a base hit by Amanda Peters in the fifth to round out the Falcon scoring.
Rathbun pitched the entire game for the Falcons and allowed seven runs on 10 hits. She also recorded three strikeouts.