Val Bertani readies for the pitch during UM-Dearborn's doubleheader with Aquinas on April 12, 2015. (File photo/MJ)

By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor in Chief

The University of Michigan-Dearborn softball team traveled to Lourdes Wednesday and nearly brought back a doubleheader sweep.

The Wolverines routed the Gray Wolves, 11-1, in the first game, and were three outs from the sweep in the second.

But Lourdes walked off to a 9-8 win behind a three-run seventh inning, sending UM-Dearborn home with a split.

The Wolverines are now 17-17 on the year with a 7-3 record in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

Senior Jessie Thueme powered the Wolverines in the first game, going 2 for 4 at the plate with a home run and four RBI. Junior Val Bertani collected three hits and batted in two runs. Freshman Hallea Garcia and sophomore Taylor Moceri each added two RBI.

Senior Kayla Goodwin pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out one.

Moceri swiped one base in the first game, which puts her at the top of the WHAC in steals with 14.

Bertani’s strong day at the plate continued in the second game. She went 3 for 5 with two runs. After going hitless in the first game, Junior Makenzie Trowbridge bounced back at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two RBI.

Freshman Gina Verduzco started the game for the Wolverines but lasted only 1 1-3 innings. She allowed four runs on three walks and two hits.

Junior Abby Jewell relieved Verduzco and pitched five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out seven.

The Wolverines led 8-6 after five innings in the latter half of the twinbill before losing the game in heartbreaking fashion.

UM-Dearborn returns to action Saturday against Indiana Tech, and hosts Northwestern Ohio Sunday.