BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The storyline of this afternoon's contests was a simple one to understand. Win game one and you move onto Saturday, lose game one and you're playing later in the day to save your season. Unfortunately, the Raiders found themselves dealing with the second scenario, falling to host Illinois Wesleyan in game one before taking on Calvin College once more. Unfortunately, they would be handed their second loss of the afternoon after a seventh inning rally put an end to their historic run on Friday evening.
No. 1 Illinois Wesleyan – 4
No. 3 MSOE Raiders – 1
Game Two – Elimination Game
No. 2 Calvin College – 8
No. 3 MSOE Raiders – 4
HOW IT HAPPENED
Game one started out simple enough for the first two innings. It was in the third where things went sideways for MSOE (34-12). In what can only be categorized as an umpire blunder, the mayhem broke out on what appeared to be a clean tag by Emily Snow (Long Beach, Calif. / Millikan) at home plate to end the inning. The plate umpire ruled her out, but after a long conference in the middle of the infield, the ruling was overturned, saying that Snow obstructed the plate. The run counted and opened up the opportunity that allowed the second Illinois Wesleyan (35-7) run to score, putting them up 2-0. Meanwhile, the Titans were able to silence the Raiders bats, only allowing one run on two hits. Kim White (Plainfield, Ill. / South) hit her second home run of the tournament to put the Raiders on the board, but that was all that would come their way in the 2-1 questionable loss.
With the outcome of the first game, MSOE was forced into the elimination game against Calvin College (30-9), a team they beat on Thursday by the score of 7-5. The Red & White were able to muster more than one run, in fact they scored four. Emily Wiederholt (Cuba City, Wis. / Cuba City) allowed two Calvin runs to score in the top of the second but settled down after that. It wasn't until the top of the seventh where things got rocky again. The Knights were able to load the bases, and with two outs hit a grand slam over the left field fence. The next batter also jacked one out of the park, this time to center to give Calvin an 8-4 lead. The Raiders weren't able to come up with a scoring rally of their own, even when they loaded the bases in their turn to bat, bowing out of the NCAA tournament after a valiant effort by the score of 8-4.
Before today's outcomes, you would have to go all the way back to April 7th to see the Raiders lose two straight. This goes to show you how dominate and consistent the team was all season.
MSOE STAT TRACKER – TWO GAME TOTALS
Kim White – 4 hits, 1 run, 1 RBI
Julia Marsh (Omaha, Neb. / Millard North) – 1 run, 1 hit, 2 RBIs
Caitlyn Spreitzer (Plainfield, Ill. / Joliet Catholic Academy) – 3 hits