APPLETON, Wis. -- The Alverno College softball team broke a tie in the final inning in both games of Wednesday's doubleheader and went on to sweep a pair of nonconference games from Lawrence University.
In the opener, Alverno scored three times in the seventh to win 7-4, and the Inferno scored once in the seventh in the nightcap to post a 2-1 victory.
In the first game, Lawrence's Ceara Larson went belted a pair of two-run homers on her way to going 3-for-4 with four runs batted in and two runs scored. Lawrence's Madeline MacLean allowed eight hits over 6.2 innings and allowed four earned runs while striking out three and walking one.
The Vikings grabbed a 2-0 lead on Larson's first career homer in the first inning. Alverno (8-6) scored twice in the third with the help of an error and two more unearned runs in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead.
Larson responded by hitting another two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 4-4.
Alverno mounted the winning rally in the top of the seventh and started that rally with two outs and no one on. The Inferno then had three consecutive hits followed by a walk and another hit to take a three-run lead. Olivia Schneider retired the Vikings in order in the bottom half of the seventh to finish a complete-game win.
In the nightcap, Emilia Jackson went the distance for Lawrence (4-10) and allowed just one earned run on eight hits while striking out seven with no walks. Ashlie Rossi allowed just five hits and got the win for Alverno.
Lexi Angemi went 2-for-4 and drove in Lawrence's lone run, and MacLean went 2-for-3.
Lawrence grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when Amanda Karnatz singled, stole second and scored on Angemi's single. Lawrence went on to load the bases with one out, but Alverno got a force out at home and a ground out to end the threat with no further damage.
Alverno tied the game in the sixth on Lauren Greif's run-scoring single and then took the lead in the seventh. After Kaitlynn Johnson led off the inning by reaching on a throwing error, she stole third with no one out. Jackson then struck out the next hitter and got a comebacker for the second out. Sam Korn two-out, bloop single scored Johnson to put Alverno up 2-1.
Rossi then worked a 1-2-3 seventh to complete the victory.