Softball splits two games on final day in Florida

Softball splits two games on final day in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. - On the fifth and final day of competition at the NTC Spring Games, the Concordia University Wisconsin softball team split a pair of games, losing 12-4 to Tufts College (Mass.) before defeating Colby College (Maine) 7-6 on Thursday night.

UW finished the trip with a 3-7 record in Florida and the Falcons are 5-9 overall on the season.

In the first game against Tufts, the Falcons got all four of their runs in the first inning, and took a 4-0 lead into the third.

But it was all Jumbos after that, as Tufts posted a seven-run third inning with two in the fifth and three in the sixth.

At the plate, senior Sheri Weidner (Mount Prospect, Ill.) knocked in three runs with a bases-clearing double, while freshman Jessica Liszka (Lindenhurst, Ill.) continued her strong start to the season by going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

In the second and final game of the trip, against Colby, the Falcons held a commanding 7-2 lead after five-and-a-half innings of play, but the Mules made things interesting with one run in the sixth and three in the seventh to make it a one-run game.

Sophomore pitcher Jamie Schuh (Freedom, Wis.) would preserve the victory, however, coming on in relief to get CUW out of a jam by recording the final two outs.

Offensively, Liszka went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while sophomore Breanne Geipel (Hartland, Wis.) and freshman Katie Landherr (Waukesha, Wis.) each went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI apiece. Geipel also blasted a solo home run.

The Falcons now return home after the week in Florida, and will begin Northern Athletics Conference play on Tuesday when they host a doubleheader with Maranatha Baptist Bible College. The first game will begin at 3 p.m. CUW finished tied for second in the NAC last season with a 21-3 conference record.

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