MILWAUKEE – Rachel Ziemba (South Elgin, Ill. / South Elgin) had four hits and four different Raider players plated a run, as MSOE and Benedictine University split this afternoon's doubleheader at MSOE Athletic Field on a beautiful spring afternoon.
Benedictine – 5
MSOE RAIDERS – 3
Benedictine – 1
MSOE RAIDERS – 3
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first game of the contest was unfortunately decided by a late game error, but that doesn't negate the great performance starter Emily Wiederholt (Cuba City, Wis. / Cuba City) had. The junior threw all seven innings, giving up just three earned runs. It was the unearned runs that came back to haunt the Red & White though. With Benedictine already leading 2-1, the Eagles plated three in the top of the seventh, with two of them scoring after a dropped foul ball in right kept the inning alive. MSOE rallied in the bottom half of the inning and would have tied the game had those runs not crossed home plate. Unfortunately, they did, sending the Raiders into game two the owners of a 5-3 loss.
Game two was another great pitcher duel, as the contest could have gone either way. Lorrin Pondo (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bolingbrook) got the ball in this one, with the sophomore turning in an extremely solid performance. She would go the distance, only giving up one run on seven hits. After a two base error during the first MSOE hit of the game, the Raiders took the lead with an Emily Snow (Long Beach, Calif. / Millikan) double in the bottom of the first and didn't look back. They added two more insurance runs in the fifth thanks to a Rachel Ziemba single, but the big turning point was the top of the sixth inning. Benedictine started the inning with a pair of singles, bring them within two. The Eagles had the tying runs on second and third, but Pondo was able to get them to ground out to third to end the threat. The Raiders finished off the win in 1:15, sending them to 8-4 in NACC play.
Even though they didn't take both games from the Eagles, the Raiders didn't lose any ground in the conference standings. With only ten NACC games left on their schedule, the Raiders sit in a two-way tie for second place and would be the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament if the season ended today.
MSOE STAT TRACKER
Rachel Ziemba – 4 hits, 1 run, 3 RBI
Kara McKenna (Downer's Grove, Ill. / South) – 2 hits, 1 run
Kim White (Plainfield, Ill. / South) – 3 hits, 1 run
Lorrin Pondo – 7.0 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 4 strikeouts
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders are slated to play Alverno tomorrow afternoon, but the status of that contest is in question due to rain that is supposed to hit the area tomorrow. Stay posted to our social media channels for the latest information.