MILWAUKEE – Aurora University used a six-run third inning to eliminate the Concordia University Wisconsin Softball team from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament Saturday. The Spartans, who also beat CUW Thursday, won Saturday's contest by a 7-2 score.
Defense hurt the Falcons as they committed three errors which led to five unearned runs, four of those coming in the six-run third. That was plenty of run support for AU starter Natalie Zanella as she threw a complete game, allowing just one earned run.
The Falcons took the lead 1-0 in the top of the third when junior Jessica Liszka (Lindenhurst, Ill.) scored on a wild pitch. AU made sure that lead didn't last long with its six-run inning, two of those coming off a two-RBI single from Steph Starr.
CUW outhit Aurora, gaining eight in the game, two of those coming off the bat of senior Mariah Giesseman (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) Junior Katie Landherr (Waukesha, Wis.) added an RBI single in the sixth inning, which scored senior Alyssa Robison (Roselle, Ill.).
Starr paced the Spartans lineup with two hits, two runs scored and two driven in. Neither team recorded an extra-base hit in the contest.
Senior Jamie Schuh (Freedom, Wis.) took the loss despite allowing just two earned runs over five innings. Schuh, who finished her career as the Falcons all-time strikeouts leader, struck out six in the game and did not issue a walk. Sophomore Melissa Perkins (Park Forest, Ill.) pitched a scoreless sixth inning.
CUW concludes is 2014 season with a 22-19 record. The Falcons have now won 20 or more games in each of the past six seasons.