Lewis University head softball coach George DiMatteo won his 1,000th career game, as the host Flyers earned the 6-0, 4-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference twinbill sweep over UW-Parkside at the Lewis Softball Field on Wednesday (Apr. 24) afternoon.
"Most importantly, we won the doubleheader today, because we needed the wins," DiMatteo said. "I'm humbled and very appreciative off all the festivities and congratulations that I've received.
"I've been at Lewis for a long time and it's my second home. I'm really appreciative off all the support that I've received from the administration, my coaching staffs and most importantly the players."
With the sweep, Lewis improves to 23-11 overall and 17-5 in GLVC action, while the visiting Rangers drop to 8-32 on the season and 5-21 in conference play.
The Flyers were aided by the masterful pitching performances of sophomores Kelly Bowler (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) and Ali Brems (Kenosha, Wis./Harborside), as they combined to hold UW-Parkside to two runs and four hits on the afterrnoon, while striking out 16 total Ranger batters.
In the opener, Bowler was dominant in the circle as she earned the complete-game, one-hit, shutout. Bowler (12-6) struck out ten batters and held the Rangers hitless through the first four innings.
Her counterpart Katie Neubauer (1-11) took the loss for the Rangers, as she allowed five runs and six hits in 4.2 innings of work.
Lewis senior right fielder Lauren Hanford (Morris, Ill./Morris) was the offensive catalyst for the Flyers, as she went 2-for-3 with four RBI, including a three-run homer.
Hanford's offensive heroics continued in the nightcap, as she connected for another three-run blast to put the Flyers ahead, 3-0, after the first inning. Hanford added her fourth RBI of the game on a squeeze bunt in the fifth inning that scored senior center fielder Jayme Hefler (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West). Hefler went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Brems held UW-Parkside scoreless through six innings, before Ranger shortstop Kelynn Sporer connected for a two-run home run in the seventh. That, however, was all the damage the Rangers could muster off of Brems.
Brems (11-5) surrendered two runs and three hits while striking out six batters. UW-Parkside hurler Kristin Kleinmeyer (4-9) took the complete-game loss for the Rangers, allowing four runs and seven hits.
Both teams will do battle again on Thursday (Apr. 25), as the Flyers head to Kenosha for a 3 PM twinbill against the Rangers.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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