Tribune staff report
ROCHESTER -- The Ridgewater softball team split a pair of MCAC South Division road games against Rochester on Friday, narrowly missing a chance at a sweep of the conference power.
The Warriors won Game One 4-1 behind Andrea Krause' solid pitching performance, but they fell in the second game 5-3 when Rochester's Rachel Tate hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
"It's always nice to go on the road to Rochester, a perennial conference power, and get a split," said Warriors head coach Todd Thorstad. "Unfortunately, we had them on the ropes in the second game, with a three-run lead, and it didn't work out."
In Game One, Krause worked all seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out three. She didn't walk a batter.
Jenna Kincade doubled and drove in two runs and Yvonne Wani also had a hit and an RBI.
In Game Two, the Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the first two innings before Rochester pitchers Kasey Bode and Laura Carnell settled in. Carnell, who took the loss in the first game, picked up the victory in Game Two, working three innings of one-hit relief.
Kari Shipman, Haley Springer, Brooke Carlson and Jennifer Storck had the Warriors' hits.
The Warriors improved to 7-1 in the South Division and 13-6 overall. Rochester is 5-1 in the South.
Ridgewater plays two games today against Riverland in Austin, beginning at noon. The Warriors then are off until a home game against Fergus Falls on Thursday.
Ridgewater 4, Rochester 1
Ridgewater 002 011 0 -- 4 5 0
Rochester 000 100 0 -- 1 5 1
HITTING - Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 1-4 r, Haley Springer 1-4 rbi, Jenna Kincaid 1-2 2b rbi-2, Brooke Carlson 1-3 r, Yvonne Wani 1-3 2b rbi ... Rochester: Alanna Battey 2-3 2b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Andrea Krause (W) 7-5-1-1-0-3 ... Rochester: Laura Carnell (L) 7-5-4-3-3-3
Ridgewater 210 000 0 -- 3 4 0
Rochester 000 100 4 -- 5 9 1
HITTING - Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 1-3, Haley Springer 1-4, Brooke Carlson 1-3, Jennifer Storck 1-1 ... Rochester: Rachel Tate 1-4 hr rbi-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Shannon Heitz (L) 6.1-9-5-5-4-4 ... Rochester: Kasey Bode 4-3-3-2-3-7, Laura Carnell (W) 3-1-0-0-0-3