MILWAUKEE – Senior Shannon Curtis pitched a shutout in game one and the MSOE softball team split its doubleheader with Aurora Saturday afternoon at MSOE Athletic Field.
The Raiders (18-8, 7-3 NACC) took game one 2-0 and led the defending league-champion Spartans (21-7, 10-2 NACC) heading into the sixth inning of game two before falling 7-4.
Curtis (11-5) worked around seven hits and a walk in the opener, allowing a pair of first-inning runs to hold up in the end. She struck out a pair, including to end the game with a runner at third base. She threw just one clean inning but allowed just three runners into scoring position and left all three stranded.
At the plate, sophomore Emily Snow and freshman Amanda Manssen drove in the game's runs. Sophomore Rachel Ziemba led off the Red & White first with a walk and, two batters later, Snow scored her with a double. Manssen then singled to left field to score both Snow.
The shutout was Curtis' third of the season and her second of league play.
In game two, it was the Spartans striking first with back-to-back doubles bringing in three runs in the top of the fourth.
It looked as though the Raiders would have some comeback magic for the third-straight Saturday at overcoming late deficits against Marian (3-0) and Wisconsin Lutheran (6-1) in the past two weeks.
The rally started with patience at the plate as five of the first six batters in the bottom of the fifth inning drew walks. Sophomore Emma Megal plated a run with a bases-loaded free pass and Ziemba followed with another RBI walk to make it 3-2.
Senior Callie Wightman tied the score with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly and Snow followed with a RBI double to give MSOE the lead.
Aurora came right back in the sixth inning with a four-run frame of its own. The visitors loaded the bases with one out and a walk tied the game at 4-4. Then, two batters later, Elaine Walker hit a bases-loaded double to score three times and earn the split.
Sophomore Liz Gale got the start and allowed three runs on five hits over 4.0 innings of work. Curtis went the final 3.0 innings and absorbed the loss.
With doubles in each game, Snow extended her streak of games in which she has reached base safely to 24. She is also up to 13 doubles on the season, one back of the school record. Ziemba is approaching the school record for walks in a season with her 19th, one off the record.
The Raiders return to the field Monday, hosting Benedictine in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.