The Lady Cards lost to Northwood University twice at home Saturday, March 23.
They played a doubleheader that started at 1 p.m. The Lady Cards were looking to earn their sixth and seventh wins of the season and start 2-0 in GLIAC play as well.
The first game saw a lot of competitive action between the two teams. The Lady Cards knocked in two runs at the bottom of the first inning.
Sophomore Blasia Moyler hit a two-run homer to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals.
The Cardinals scored three more runs in the third and fourth innings on an RBI double by Aubree Mouthaan and a RBI single by Shelby Misiak. This kept the Lady Cards ahead of Northwood by two runs as they went into the fifth inning.
The fifth inning came with a lot of runs scored by Northwood.
They knocked in six while the Cardinals only had one run scored at the bottom of the inning. This made the score 9-6 in favor of Northwood.
SVSU was only able to knock in one more run in the last two innings, while Northwood scored two more to finish the game, making the final score 11-7.
Moyler, who had two hits and two RBI in the first contest, believes that the team can recover from this early season loss.
“We have to continue to find our strides as a team and play within the game,” Moyler said. “It is still very early in the season, and I have full faith that we will get into form at the right time.”
The second game did not see nearly as much scoring as the first.
There wasn’t any scoring until the fourth inning, when Northwood knocked in two runs to take the lead.
Moyler hit her second homer of the day and her fifth on the season in the bottom of the inning to bring the score to 2-1.
The Cardinals only notched four hits throughout the entire game, though, and the contest ended with a final score of 5-1.
The Lady Cards dropped to 5-7 on the year so far and 0-2 in GLIAC play.
They looked to improve on that record in another doubleheader Sunday, March 24, against Ferris State that ended after The Valley Vanguard went to press.
Head coach Todd Buckingham praised his team’s effort and fight in both games against Northwood.
“We were looking at this weekend as a rivalry weekend with Northwood and Ferris back to back on the schedule,” Buckingham said. “We played hard; our opponent just made a few more plays than us, and at the end of the day, that was the difference in those games.”
Buckingham is still optimistic that the team will be able to pick up momentum, as they are still early into the season.
“We’re going to keep pushing each other to get better,” he said. The Lady Cards today will travel to Siena Heights for a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m.
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