Softball Drops Final Home Series to Warhawks

Apr 25, 2016




DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque softball team lost the final home doubleheader of the 2016 season to UW-Whitewater by 11-1 (five innings) and 9-5 scores. The Spartans would like to restart game one after allowing 10 runs in the top half of the opening inning of action. The Spartans played them even after that allowing just one run in the four innings as UD scored one run off four hits.

Gianna Kuras hit 2-2 in the loss and teammate Briana Gyrion would earn the lone RBI of the game. A windy, but mostly sunny afternoon would grace the Spartans despite a weather prediction of rain in the afternoon by the forecasters. 

Megan Schlueter started game one and gave up four hits and six earned runs before Taylor Blair relieved. She went five innings and allowed six hits, but just three earned runs after facing 25 batters. 

In game two, the Warhawks scored a run in the second before the Spartans rallied in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. The Warhawks responded by scoring three runs in the third, two runs in the fourth, a run in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth innings. Each time UD would slice into the lead with two runs in the fourth and a run in the sixth, the Warhawks would answer. 

UD garnered five runs off nine hits and defensively would hold 14 Warhawks left on base in the game. UW-Whitewater scored nine runs off 18 hits without committing an error. A pair of Spartans finsihed with two hits. Leadoff Andres Smith was 2-4 with two RBI's and Kayleigh Leddy was 2-4 with an RBI and scored two runs. Seven Spartans would finish with a hit.

Randee Jackson started and went 3.1 innings allowing nine hits and six earned runs after facing 23 batters. Mackenzie Kyle went the final 3.2 innings allowed nine hits and three earned runs after facing 21 batters.

The Spartans (8-26 overall, 1-9 in IIAC) will travel to play the Wartburg College Knights (14-22, 4-6 in IIAC) on Tuesday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. in Waverly, Iowa. The game was scheduled for later in the week, but do to anticipated rain has prompted the game to move earlier in the week.