CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The second-ranked Coe College softball team split its games on the final day of the Coe Tournament. Coe opened the day with a 4-0 loss to Ripon before bouncing back for a 3-0 win over Wisconsin-Platteville.
Ripon scored four unearned runs in the fourth inning off two hits and two Kohawk errors, as those were the only runs scored in the game from either team. Coe managed just three hits in the game, while the Red Hawks had five. Senior Ashley Hood (Manchester, Iowa/West Delaware), sophomore Abby Flannagan (Manchester, Iowa/West Delaware) and freshman Caitlin Cross (Sully, Iowa/Lynnville-Sully) had Coe's three hits, while the Kohawks left a total of seven runners on base. Senior Ashlee Simon (Riverside, Iowa/Highland) took the loss in the circle, her first of the year. She struck out eight while giving up four hits. Sophomore Sara Nieland (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) struck out one and gave up one hit in an inning and a third of work.
Coe scored the first runs of the last game in the third inning. Senior Sidney Ridout (Indianola, Iowa/Indianola) walked to start the inning. Nieland then reached on a fielders choice, as Ridout was thrown out at second. Hood then reached on a fielders choice, as Nieland advanced to second on an error by the short stop. A single to right center by senior Amanda Hanson (Riverside, Iowa/Highland) drove in sophomore Mollie Kleopfer (Riverside, Iowa/Highland), who was pinch running for Nieland. With two outs, freshman Taylor Riedl (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) singled to left field, bringing in Hood, as Hanson was thrown out at the plate.
With one out in the fifth inning, Hood doubled to center field, her third of the year. Hanson then walked before freshman Amanda Hovind (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) reached on a bunt single to load the bases. A ground ball to the short stop by Riedl brought in Hood for the final run of the game.
Hood and Hanson led the Kohawks with two hits apiece, while Riedl drove in two runs. Hood also scored twice. Sophomore Maddison Woodruff (Emmetsburg, Iowa/Emmetsburg) improved to 8-1 on the year with the win. It was her ninth career complete-game shutout, as she struck out 11 batters and gave up just two hits. It was the second most strikeouts in her career.
The Kohawks (18-2) will return to action on Wednesday, as they host Grinnell (1-7). First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Clark Field.