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Softball continues to outrun opponents in scoring

Saginaw Valley’s softball team is one of the hottest teams in the country, currently ranked number 22 in the top 25 and off to an 11-2 start.

So far this season, the Cardinals have not played a home game, but it has not seemed to bother them as they are 5-2 in their away games and 6-0 in games with a neutral site.

The Cardinals have scored 73 runs on 103 hits this season, including 13 doubles, nine triples and six home runs.

On defense, the Cardinals have allowed 29 runs. They have also thrown three shutouts this season and are only allowing 1.52 runs per nine innings.

SVSU started its season on a six-game winning streak. During these games, the team was able to mercy their opponent by the end of the sixth inning.

Following a 5-4 loss in eight innings against Ohio Dominican on March 5, the Cardinals won their next two games.

Cedarville scored seven runs in a win against SVSU on March 19, but the Cardinals won 3-0 in the second game of the double header.

SVSU has won two games since, which has put the team on a three-game winning streak. Freshman third baseman Alexis Gills and junior catcher Blasia Moyler currently lead the team with two home runs each.

Junior first baseman Julia Salisbury, sophomore shortstop Sarah Gersch, Gills, sophomore outfielder Jackie Popko, freshman outfielder Leah Denome, redshirt freshman Sara Moos, junior outfielder Sabrina Sage and junior second baseman Meagan VerVaecke are all batting .297 or higher this season.

This puts them all in the top 40 in this statistic in the entire GLIAC.

Senior Kasey Bagelmann, freshman Emily Depew, sophomore Julia Mundy and Jaclyn Groves all have zero losses on the season in their pitching appearances.

SVSU will continue its season this week with six home games for the GLIAC.

On March 24, the Cardinals have a double header scheduled with Davenport. Following those games SVSU will face Purdue Northwest twice on March 27. To end the week, SVSU will face Parkside twice on March 28.

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