Panthers went down swinging against the Crimson Wave losing 7-6 and 13-5.
Offense and errors best describes the day for PNC as the Panthers drop two to Calumet College Saint Joseph.
The Crimson Wave took advantage early scoring two runs on errors. PNC was able to answer back in the bottom of the second taking the lead 3-2. Calumet tied the game on another PNC error in the fifth and then took the lead in the top of the sixth, scoring two runs. The Panthers answered back in the bottom of the sixth scoring four runs, tying the game at six all. Three of the runs scored came off of an in the park homer by Megan Olson. But another critical error by the Panthers in the top of the seventh gave the Crimson Wave the lead and the win 7-6.
The Panther pitching struggled in the game with Jaci Williams starting but having an early exit due to injury. Williams pitched one inning allowing two runs on one hit walking two and striking out two. Karissa Inglis pitched four and two thirds innings allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits walking one, striking out three. Hillary Hoffman closed out the game allowing one run on two hits.
Hoffman continued pitching into the second game going the entire way. Hoffman allowed 13 runs (5 earned) on 14 hits, walking one. Hoffman and the team had a solid game into the seventh when the wheels fell off. Eight of the 11 Crimson Wave runs scored came off of three critical PNC errors. The big inning handed the win to Calumet 13-5.
Despite the rough defensive outing for PNC, offensively, the Panthers did well having 13 hits in the game. Sam Jones led the way going four for four with two RBI's. Megan Olson, Karissa Inglis and Ashlee Keil each had two hits in the game. Sandi Downs added one hit and two RBI's while Hoffman and Gernenz added an RBI a piece.
The Panthers move to 21-22 on the season and 6-4 in the CCAC. PNC will be travel to Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, April 17th to face Conference rival Saint Xavier University in double header action. Game time will begin at 3:00 pm.