Roosevelt Lakers
Softball
Record: 7-9 Home: 1-3 Away: 0-2 Neutral: 6-4 CCAC: 0-2
Taylor Sterkowitz drove in five runs, including three on a home run, in Saturday's first game.
Taylor Sterkowitz drove in five runs, including three on a home run, in Saturday's first game.
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Game 1
10 Innings
Game 2
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Viterbo University
Roosevelt
Softball - Sat, Mar. 18, 2017

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Roosevelt softball team welcomed Viterbo (Wis.) to The Ballpark at Rosemont on Saturday for an opening-day doubleheader on the Lakers' home turf, and the two teams split a pair on non-conference contests.

The Lakers outlasted the V-Hawks in 10 innings with a wild 9-8 walk-off win in the opener before Roosevelt's bats cooled in the finale to result in a 5-1 decision for the guests.

Roosevelt moved to 7-5 on the year, while Viterbo is now 4-18.

Taylor Sterkowitz went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBI in the win, while Haley Huss and Rachel Kubisz also had 3-for-5 days at the dish in the opener.

Roosevelt scored three runs in each of the first two innings before Viterbo put up a six-spot in the third to chase starter Brinn Arwood and take a 7-6 lead.  

Brianna McCormick kept the Lakers in the game with 4.1 innings of relief that resulted in just one unearned run, and Roosevelt reclaimed the lead in the fifth on Sterkowitz's two-run single.

A two-out error allowed the V-Hawks to tie the game in the top of the seventh, and the game stayed deadlocked until the 10th after Kubisz led off with a single and, after a wild pitch sent Kubisz into second, Caitlyn Santiago's sacrifice bunt attempt resulted in a throwing error that allowed Kubisz to hustle home as the winning tally.

Kubisz pitched three innings of scoreless, two-hit relief to earn the decision.

In game two, Santiago was solid in a complete-game outing that saw her allow just three earned runs, but Roosevelt could only muster a Kelli Jones triple in the third and its only run in the fifth following a pair of Viterbo errors.

The Lakers return to The Ballpark at Rosemont on Sunday with a twinbill matinee against Aquinas (Mich.) First pitch for game one is slated for noon.