A non-conference home doubleheader Thursday afternoon proved to be tough sledding for the Carthage softball team.
Visiting UW-Whitewater jumped out to a 10-0 lead after four innings of Game 1 before the Reds scored six times in the bottom of the fifth, but fell short in a 10-6 loss.
The Warhawks completed the sweep with a four-run top of the eighth inning in Game 2 and blanked Carthage, 4-0.
Carthage fell to 22-10, while Whitewater improved to 22-10.
Three Whitewater errors led to five of the Reds’ six runs in the fifth inning of Game 1. Donna Stevens (hit, run, RBI) accounted for the other tally with a run-scoring double that drove in Madison Ganir (hit, run, two RBI).
Starting pitcher Naomi Alonzo took the loss, as she allowed three hits, two earned runs and struck out one in 12/3 innings. Bradford graduate Ellie Bernero pitched 12/3 innings in relief, and allowed four hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out two.
Four of the five runs charged to Bernero were unearned.
The nightcap was a pitcher’s duel between Carthage’s Stefanie Guercio and Whitewater’s Bella Matthias, as they blanked the opposition through seven innings until the Warhawks eventually broke through in the eighth.
Stevens collected Carthage’s only hit.
Guercio fell to 14-4, as she allowed five hits, two earned runs, two walks and struck out four in eight innings. Just two of Whitewater’s four runs were earned, as the Reds committed three errors.
Matthias allowed just the one hit, two walks and struck out nine to improve to 11-2.
Carthage 22, Elmhurst 1
The Reds evened their College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin record to 3-3 with a home victory over the depleted Bluejays on Wednesday.
Carthage (6-8) set school records with three man-down goals in the first half and 19 assists for the game.
Elmhurst (1-12, 0-6) was limited to one bench player and the game ended with 11 minutes, 30 seconds to play in the second half due to an injured Bluejays goalkeeper.
Jessie Gibson sparked the Reds’ offense with eight goals and three assists. Maddie Berni added four goals, followed by Nicole Bowman with a hat trick and five assists.
Carthage’s Emily Lima caused a game-high six turnovers and goalkeeper Sam Bednarz made three saves to pick up the win.
Dan Truttschel and Scott Koker