Softball team finds way to split doubleheader with Stevens Point

MENOMONIE (April 13, 2013) - Pinch hitter Laura Vanderhoof (Jr, Mankato, Minn) hit a game-winning ground rule double and Sam Hastings hit two home runs - include a two run shot to tie the game - as UW-Stout came from behind to take a 5-4 win in eight innings to earn a split with UW-Stevens Point Saturday at Don and Nona Williams Stadium.

The Blue Devils (16-6, 4-2 WIAC) managed to shake off a horrid start to the day when they dropped a 19-1 decision to the Pointers (16-6, 3-3 WIAC) in the opener.

In the nightcap, trailing 4-2, pinch hitter Taylor Workman (So, Prior Lake, Minn) opened the bottom of the seventh when she reached on an error. Sam Stout (Jr, La Crosse), who Workman had hit for, came on to run and stole second base. Following two outs, Hastings lifted the ball over the fence in center left field to tie the game.

Pitcher Tori Workman (Fr, Prior Lake, Minn) worked her way out of trouble in the top of the eighth, then delivered a one-out double. Vanderhoof came in as a pinch hitter and smacked the ball just at the base of the centerfield fence and the ball hopped over the fence for a ground rule double, allowing Workman to score and record the win.

The Pointers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Hastings knotted the game with a ball that landed almost in the same spot as her game-tying home run.

The Pointers took a 3-1 lead on Paige Mueleman's double up the middle in the second inning. Stout pulled to within 3-2 when designated player Kaitlin Stark (Fr, Hastings, Minn) drove in Sara Griesbach (Fr, Stratford). The Pointers doubled the lead with a single run in the seventh.

Workman worked the final three innings of the game to earn the win, allowing only two hits and no earned runs. Michelle Jones, who had recorded the first game win, was saddled with the loss, working 5.1 innings.

Hastings was 3-for-3 in the game with three RBI and two runs scored. Sam Raddant and Muelemans were each 2-for-4 for the Pointers.

Nothing went the Blue Devils' way in the first game as the Pointers ground through three Stout pitchers, with each one surrendering at least five runs apiece.

The Pointers put up six runs in the first inning, highlighted by shortstop Maddy Sawdey's grand slam. Sawdey would come back and hit a solo shot later in the game. The Pointers scored in every inning, scoring four ithe second, three in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth. They tallied five home runs in the game and pounded out 19 hits.

The Blue Devils broke up the no-hittier in the fourth inning when pitcher Nicole Rogers hit a double. Hannah Sweet (Jr, Elk Lake, Minn) broke up the shutout with a solo home run in the fifth.

Jordon Schreiner was 4-for-4 for the Pointers, Sam Raddant was 3-for-5 and Sawdey was 2-for-3 with five RBI.

Stout will host UW-River Falls, Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. and UIW-Eau Claire, Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m.

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