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Loper softball goes on a mile high split in Denver

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(Denver, Colorado)  – Freshman southpaw Madison Rosenthal tossed a complete game six-hitter and the Nebraska-Kearney offense pounded out 17 hits to roll past Metro State, 9-1, in the second game of a double header Wednesday afternoon in Denver.

Senior Melissa Gellermann no-hit the Roadrunners (9-5) over the first four innings in game one but Metro took advantage of five walks, two singles and two Loper errors to rally for a 4-2 win. These games were originally set to take place in Kearney last Wednesday (March 24) but moved to Tuesday (March 30) in Denver. Things were then pushed back 24 hours due to inclement weather.

Rosenthal (Johnstown, Colo.), in her second collegiate appearance, helped the Lopers (10-14) stop a seven-game skid. She threw an even 100 pitches, shut out the 'Runners for six innings and didn't allow an earned run. Finally, Rosenthal fanned three and walked two. 

UNK gave her all the support she needed by crossing home plate four times in the first, highlighted by a three-run bomb to right by Omaha redshirt sophomore third baseman Bri Healy. She now leads the team in dingers (eight), extra base hits (13), RBI's (25), slugging pct. (.646), and total bases (51) on the season.

The 17 hits included four doubles and two triples with the finally tally the most by the Lopers since a 20-hit effort vs. Lincoln in 2019. Lincoln junior shortstop Abbie Vodicka, Lincoln junior center fielder Carlee Liesch, and Kearney junior catcher Avery Wood had three hits apiece with Liesch tying her career-high of three RBI's.

Healy (Omaha Central) belted a two-run shot to center in the third inning of game one to account for UNK's offensive output. Freshman right fielder Abbie Jo Gaube (Omaha Gross) went 2 for 3 from the nine hole but the Lopers left eight on the base paths.

Gellermann (Grand Junction, Colo.) cruised through the first four innings and threw just 68 pitches overall. However, back-to-back walks, a single and sac fly quickly tied things up in the fifth. She faced one 'Runner in the sixth and that resulted in a single. Metro then turned three walks and two errors into two more runs.

Junior Destinee Lopez (3-0) earned the win for the 'Runners by allowing two earned on six hits and three walks over six full. Senior Darby McGhee allowed two Lopers to reach in the seventh but got a fly out to right to earn the save.

UNK final plays at home this Friday when Missouri Southern State (12-10, 3-3) comes to Patriot Park. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.