Lopers and Ichabods Combine for 51 Runs
Long Day for Pitchers
Kearney, Neb. – Sophomore first baseman Kate Ruwe hitfor the cycle by belting a two-run walk off homer to help Nebraska-Kearney outlast Washburn, 17-15, in the second game of a double header Sunday evening atDryden Park.
The Ichabods (11-5, 7-3) scored the last six runs, includingfour in the top of the sixth, to win game one, 10-9. UNK is now 4-14 (2-6)after going 1-3 this weekend. Holding leads in each contest, the Lopers scored39 runs over the last two days but gave up 45.
In game two today, Kearney led scored 10 times in the bottomof the second to take a seemingly comfortable 12-2 lead. The giant inningincluded seven hits, the biggest being a two-run triple by senior catcher JenKramer (3 for 4, two RBI's & three runs) and a two-run single by Ruwe (4for 5, five RBI's & three runs).
However, Washburn first baseman Lauren Thimmesch hit her 12thhomer of the year in the third, a three-run shot, to start the comeback. Asix-run Ichabod fifth featured a three-run homer from nine hole hitter BreHixon. She tied the game with another three-run shot in the next inning tofinish 2 for 4 with six RBI's.
After her single in the second, Ruwe (Blair) led off thefourth with a double and had an RBI triple in the fifth. In the UNK seventh,sophomore shortstop Sam Liebmann (Valencia, Calif.) was plunked by Washburn'sMarina Quimby.
That brought Ruwe, who belted a first homer of the year overthe left field fence. Earlier, senior Mackenzie Tomlin (2 for 4, three RBI's& two runs) and freshman right fielder Emilee Jonas (2 for 4, two RBI's& two runs) went yard.
The teams combined for 32 runs on 31 hits, six walks, fourerrors and three hit batters.
Washburn was down 9-4 after three full in game one. TheLopers saw Ruwe (4 for 4, four RBI's) have two-run singles in both the firstand third innings to highlight two four-run innings.
The ‘Bods scored two in the fourth and then tallied fiveunearned runs in the sixth. Leadoff hitter Katie Schroeder (3 for 4, threeRBI's) had a two-run double in the sixth with Sam Carson (2 for 4, three RBI's)bringing her home with a single.
Thimmesch (5-1) earned the win by allowing two earned infive innings.
UNK starts a road swing with a double header at Wayne Stateon Wednesday.
Courtesy UNK Sports Information