LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Statesmen softball team struggled with Viterbo earlier in the month in Oskaloosa, but still came away with a sweep.
Wednesday was not any better as the Statesmen split with Viterbo in a Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader.
William Penn (30-14, 12-4 MCC) lost the opener 1-0, but then took the nightcap 10-1 (5 innings). The loss kept the program one game ahead of Mount Mercy in the win column, but now both squads have the same amount of losses.
The Statesmen finish the MCC season with four games against St. Ambrose. The teams first met Thursday in Oskaloosa at 4 p.m. and then face off next Tuesday in Davenport at 3 p.m. The Mustangs take on Clarke Sunday and Grand View (three games) Tuesday (all games in Cedar Rapids).
Grand View, at 10-5, and St. Ambrose, at 5-5, are also still in contention for the conference crown.
William Penn outhit Viterbo 4-2 in the first contest, but a first-inning run by the V-Hawks (3-26, 1-9 MCC) lifted the V-Hawks to their first league win. The Statesmen put runners in scoring in the third and sixth innings, but failed to bring them around. It was just the third time the program has been shut out this spring.
Jennifer Whitehead was the tough-luck loser, striking out four with three walks. The game’s only run was unearned against the junior (13-8).
The Statesmen finally got on the board in the first inning of the nightcap when Jessica Christensen doubled home Molly Miller.
Viterbo answered with a run of its own in the bottom half, but the rest of the double dip was all William Penn.
Three runs came across in the second as the V-Hawks committed three of their five fielding errors in the inning. Two more were added in the third on a double by Sydney Edwards that plated Brailey Freed and Sonia Ray.
The day’s final four runs came in the fourth, highlighted by another two-run double from Edwards. Freed and Mikayla Djordjevic also had run-scoring singles.
Edwards led the William Penn charge with a 3-for-3, 4-RBI showing. Miller was 2-for-3 with two runs and Christensen was 2-for-4. Ray and Freed also rounded the bases twice.
The Statesmen outhit the V-Hawks 11-2.
Carly Land, who is now 17-6, struck out eight against two walks. Like Whitehead, the only run against Land was unearned.