After earning a 2-0 victory in Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Raiders were unable to complete the sweep. Reno took the win in the second contest by a score of 5-4 in eight innings.
“We just didn’t hit well today,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “I think we came out a little flat. In my opinion, I personally think Reno was ready to give us the game. We just wouldn’t take it.”
With Game 2 tied 1-1 midway through four innings, Reno took advantage of a number of Raider miscues to build itself a 4-1 advantage. Reed starting pitcher Megan Dettling walked four batters to help put the Huskies in business. Two of the three runs came via passed ball.
The Huskies carried their three-run margin into the sixth inning, but Reed finally broke through with a trio of runs to knot the game at 4-4.
Three singles left the bases loaded for the Raiders with one out, setting the table for Dettling. The junior promptly ripped a double to the fence in left field, plating teammates Marriah Levesque and Mackenzie Goins to bring Reed within a run of tying the contest.
After Lindsay Yearman got caught in a rundown, the Raiders were left with two away and Kiara Shirley, pinch running for an injured Dettling, on third base. A triple off the bat of Chelsea Cummings pushed Shirley home to tie the game.
A scoreless seventh sent the game into extra innings before Reno tallied the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
With one out, a single and double put runners on second and third for the Huskies. A wild pitch then sent Reno's Raelani Kerr home to seal the 5-4 victory for the Huskies.
Jackie Sertic, who came on in relief for Dettling, was left with the loss after three innings of work. She struck out three while giving up three hits and the lone run. Dettling went five innings, striking out and walking nine Huskies.
While Sertic was stuck with the loss in the second contest, she earned the win in Game 1, tossing a complete game in the 2-0 victory. Sertic struck out nine while allowing five hits and walking one.
“We didn’t hit well, but she pitched well and we didn’t give up any runs,” Wunder said of Sertic’s effort in Game 1. “If you’re not going to be scoring, then you better be getting quite a performance from your pitcher and defense.”
At the plate, Levesque led the Raiders in the first contest, turning in a 3-for-4 effort and scoring both Reed runs.
Reed (22-6-3, 13-3) will now host the opening round of the playoffs on Tuesday, with its opponent still to be decided. The game is set to start at 4 p.m. For Wunder, he is hoping his squad can bounce back in time.
“It’s a little concerning going into the playoffs playing flat like this,” he said. “I think some of them are doubting themselves. So it’s our job as coaches to build them up between now and Tuesday. I have confidence they’re going to respond. We don’t like to end the regular season this way, that’s for sure.”