|Date:||April 28, 2019|
In a battle for first place this afternoon in Pella, Iowa Luther was swept by Central College by finals of 8-7 and 10-1 in five innings.
In game one, Luther battled back from behind and scored four runs in the top of the seventh to level the score at 7-7. Hannah Halverson, who was 2-for-4, hit a three-run home run in this frame to pull the Norse to within 7-6. Four batters later, Paige Timmerman drove in pinch runner Sophie Wilt with a single to left field that tied the game.
In the bottom of the frame, a single by Kaitlyn Andresen to center field, was followed by a double to left-center by Shaye Witte that drove in Kendra Sexton, who pinch ran for Andresen, for the game winner.
In the nightcap, the Dutch scored four runs in the second and six in the fourth en route to the victory. Luther's lone run was a solo shot by Abbey Gehringer in the second.
The two losses dropped Luther to fourth place in the A-R-C standings with a record of 10-6, 28-9 overall. Central won the regular season title and will host the A-R-C single elimination tournament May 3-4. The Dutch finished the year with a mark of 12-4, 24-8.
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586