MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The Lawrence University softball team pounded out 24 hits and scored 22 runs en route to a nonconference doubleheader sweep of Alverno College on Monday.
Lawrence won the opener 11-6 and took the nightcap 11-8 at Alverno Field.
In the first game, Cathy Kaye paced Lawrence’s 11-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with a home run, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Carli Gurholt went 3-for-3 with a homer, drove in three runs and scored a pair of runs. Emily Perish was 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.
Lawrence (5-9) scored three times in the first courtesy of Gurholt’s three-run homer. The Vikings made it 5-0 in the third on Perish’s two-run single.
The Inferno (4-12) cut it to 5-4 in the bottom of the third, but Kaye belted a solo homer to make it 6-4 in the top of the fourth. Alverno tied it at 6-6 with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Lawrence took the lead for good by scoring twice in the top of the sixth. The Vikings scored after a walk and throwing error, and Kaye followed with a run-scoring double to give Lawrence a 8-6 lead.
Lawrence put the game away with three runs in the seventh. Perish¬†hit a bullet down the right field line to score the first run, and Brielle Bartes capped the rally with a two-run single up the middle.
Perish pitched the first five¬†innings to pick up the win. Jamie Villalobos went six innings and took the loss.
In the nightcap, Shannon Murray went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs for the Vikings. She also went the distance on the mound to pick up the win.
Kaye went 2-for-4, hit another homer, and drove in three runs in the second game. Bartes and Cory Paquette both had two hits apiece for the Vikings.
Lawrence raced out to a big lead before Alverno rallied in the nightcap.¬†
Kaye led off the game with homer as part of¬†a three-run first for the Vikings. Lawrence added another run in the second and picked up two more in the third to lead 6-1.
The Vikings then scored five times in the fifth on six hits and three Alverno errors. Kaye had a run-scoring double in the inning, and Perish picked up a RBI single to help Lawrence forge an 11-1 lead.
Alverno countered by scoring three times in the bottom of¬†the fifth to cut it to 11-4.¬†Chelsea Gulbronson then hit a three-run homer¬†as part of a four-run sixth inning to trim the lead to 11-8.
Murray then set the Inferno down in¬†order in the seventh to seal the win. Murray¬†allowed 13 hits, struck out three and didn’t walk a¬†batter. Emily Snell pitched the first five innings and¬†took the loss.recap