|Final - Game 1||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Madonna University (20-9, 9-1 WHAC)||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||2||4||0|
|Davenport (29-4, 7-2 WHAC)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||1|
|Grand Rapids, Mich. Farmers IAC|
|Madonna University||Indv. Stats||Davenport|
|Final - Game 2||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Madonna (20-10, 9-2 WHAC)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||1|
|Davenport (30-4, 8-2 WHAC)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||8||0|
|Grand Rapids, Mich. Farmers IAC|
|#24 Giordano,Bri||Home Runs||#23 Lindsay Tasma|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Madonna University softball team handed Brittany Maves her first loss of the season and just the fourth Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference loss of her four-year career in a 2-0 win in game one on Wednesday at Farmers Insurance Athletics Complex, but a ninth-inning home run gave Davenport University game two, 2-1.
The series, which featured the top two teams in the WHAC and the Panthers (30-4, 8-2 WHAC), the seventh-ranked team in the NAIA, lived up to the hype as a pair of pitchers duels meant runs were at a premium.
Crusaders (20-10, 9-2 WHAC) ace, Erin Combs (SR/Imlay City, Mich.) (13-4), went toe-to-toe with Maves as the two combined to allow three hits through four innings. Things changes in the fifth as the Crusaders got on the board.
Breanna Keethler (SR/Flat Rock, Mich.) led off with a single and her pinch runner, Bri DeBono, scored on Kerstyn Comerzan (SO/Woodhaven, Mich.)'s double to right center. An error moved Comerzan up 60-feet, which proved crucial as she scored on Julia Cavagnini (JR/Livonia, Mich.)'s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
Combs allowed three, two-out baserunners in the final three innings, but none reached second base in the win.
The Madonna senior allowed just four hits with five strikeouts in seven scoreless innings while Comerzan paced the four-hit attack as she finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Much of the same was seen in game two as neither pitcher allowed much (three combined hits) until the fourth when Bri Giordano (SR/Plymouth, Mich.) scored Madonna's only run on a one-out, solo home run to right center.
Unfortunately, two singles, a hit by pitch and a wild pitch allowed the Panthers to tie the score.
Madisen Henry (FR/Swartz Creek, Mich.) pitched well, but ran into trouble in the sixth as she allowed a two-out walk and Head Coach Jerry Abraham summoned Combs back to the circle. Combs got the final out of the frame and kept the game scoreless until the ninth when, with two outs, Lindsay Tasma drove the 1-2 pitch, Combs' 151st of the day, over the left centerfield wall to send Madonna to a 2-1 loss.
Henry allowed one run on five hits in 5.2 innings with five strikeouts and two walks while Combs allowed one run on three hits in her three innings of relief with two strikeouts.
Mallory Teunissen earned the win for DU as she went all nine innings and allowed four hits while striking out nine.
Giordano accounted for two of the Crusaders four hits while Comerzan and Kaiser tallied the other two.
Madonna, who sits in a four-way tie atop the WHAC standings with Davenport, UM-Dearborn and Aquinas, wraps up their six-game road trip on Saturday, Apr. 15 when they return to Grand Rapids to face Cornerstone University in a conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The Golden Eagles will provide live coverage of the games with links available on the schedule.
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