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Two nationally ranked teams squared off here in Decorah for Luther's home opener. #14 UW-Eau Claire won game one 2-0 and #3 Luther rebounded with a 5-1 victory in the night cap.
In game one, the Blugolds Emma Wishau (8-6) spread six hits over seven innings en route to the victory. Eau Claire manufactured a run in the both first and seventh innings.
The Norse just could not string hits together and left runners in scoring position in the fourth, sixth and seventh frames.
In the night cap, Luther scored four runs in the fourth and added an insurance run in the sixth, securing the split. Abby Christian and Elisa Smith both drove in two runs in the fourth frame and Kelsey Weindruch drove in Smith who started the sixth with a triple to right field.
Becca Girvan (9-2) picked up the win in relief. Girvan pitched the final four innings allowing two hits, walked three and struck out two. Sarah Briggs got the start and allowed one run on three hits, walked two and struck out one.
The splits gives Luther an overall record of 13-3. Eau Claire is now 8-6.
The Norse return to action on Thursday, Mar. 29, when they will host St. Olaf College at 3:00 p.m. These games will be video streamed.
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