|Date:||April 5, 2017|
No. 5 Luther produced 20 hits that included eight home runs this afternoon as it swept UW-La Crosse 8-0 (5) and 11-3 (6). The eight home runs led to 10 runs and increased Luther's season total in this category 19 for the year.
Addy Pender and Natalie Stockman both hit two home runs. Pender hit a walk-off home run to left field in game one for her first of the season, and hit a two-run blast in the fifth in game two. Stockman's first home run of the day cleared the trees behind the left-center field fence. In game two, she hit a two-run shot that increased her home run total to a team best six. Pender ended the day with 5 RBI and Stockman was credited with 7 RBI.
Samantha Bratland faced just 16 batters in game one as she tossed a two-hit shutout and improved to 11-1. Annie Versnik got the start in game two and allowed three runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out two in five innings of work. Versnik is also 11-1 for the year.
In game one, multiple hits were produced by Strien (2-for-3), Stockman (2-for-2) and Pender (3-for-3).
In the nightcap, Sara Nelson (2-for-4), Stockman (2-for-4) and Megan Bonnett (2-for-4) led the Norse attack with multiple hit efforts.
The two wins gives Luther an overall record of 22-2. UW-La Crosse fell to 18-10.
Next up for No. 5 Luther is a top-10 showdown with Iowa Conference opponent No. 7 Coe College. The Norse will travel to Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 8. First pitch of this double header is schedule for 1:00 p.m.
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586