Softball splits against Davenport, GVSU

Senior pitcher Hannah Atwell winds up a pitch during the softball team’s game against Grand Valley State University on Thursday, April 4. Vanguard Photo | Kyle Will

The SVSU softball team split their doubleheader at Davenport on Saturday, April 6.

The team stood at 11-11 after finding a couple of blowout victories at Parkside and another split doubleheader at home with No. 6-ranked Grand Valley earlier in the week.

The team also faced off at Purdue Northwest on Sunday, April 7, which concluded after this edition of The Valley Vanguard went to press.

In the first game against Davenport, the Cardinals couldn’t get much going. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the first, and SVSU was never able to respond due to some powerhouse pitching from Davenport’s Mallory Teunissen, who tallied up double digit strikeouts through her seven shutout innings, winning the game for the Panthers 3-0.

Sophomore second baseman Meagan VerVaecke was the only Cardinal to perform well, going 2-3 from the plate.

Game two saw the Cardinals rebound, showing a lot more life from the plate.

Freshman first baseman Shelby Misiak started off things on the right note with a solohomer in the first.

That was only the beginning of the Cardinals’ big scoring run, as the team came out in the second with a hot hand.

SVSU scored seven unanswered runs in the inning. Everyone had a piece of the action, as five different Cardinals batted in a runner during the long inning.

Davenport’s pitching wavered more and more as the inning went on, putting the Cardinals in a position of power with an 8-0 lead with five innings left to play.

Davenport’s effort to launch a comeback was valiant, holding the Cards scoreless for the remainder of the game. However, they could only muster up five runs as the game finished with a Cardinal victory, 8-5.

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