The SVSU softball team found victory in three out of four games this week, including a doubleheader sweep against Findlay.
The Cardinals faced the Oilers on March 20, taking game one, 6-2, and game two, 10-1.
In game one, Emily Depew earned the win in the circle, pitching for the entirety of the game, allowing four hits, two runs and striking out 13.
Senior Meagan VerVaecke hit a game-winning grand slam in the eighth to seal the victory for the Cardinals.
After Findlay scored on a home run in the first inning, the board remained clear until Julia Salisbury started things off in the fourth with a home run to score Cam Coonan.
The 1-1 tie was quickly broken by a Findlay home run later in the inning, putting SVSU down by one.
In the sixth, Sarah Gersch scored Coonan in a home run to tie things up once again at 2-2.
An uneventful seventh inning led to a needed eighth to break the tie. That is when VerVaecke hit her game-changing grand slam to score Gersch, Coonan and Blasia Moyler and take the game.
Game two at Findlay saw Alyssa Muench pitch for 5.0 innings, striking out four while allowing one run and five hits. Muench earned the win, bringing her to 2-1 this season.
In the first, a single by Coonan scored Leah Denome and a sacrifice fly by Gersch made it possible for Sara Moos to score.
The Cardinals lead advanced quickly in the second with a two-run single by Moos, scoring Jackie Popko and Maddle Campagna, bringing it to 4-0, SVSU.
The team doubled its lead once more in the third after a sacrifice fly by Paige Kolinski scored Salisbury and a three-run home run by Campagna scored Gersch and VerVaecke taking it to 8-0, Cardinals.
The fourth saw SVSU solidify its final score as Alexis Gills hit a home run and Coonan scored on an error by Findlay.
While the Oilers managed a home run in the fifth, they could not come back from the Cardinals’ dominating lead.
On March 21, the Cardinals split a doubleheader against Cedarville University, losing game one, 1-0, while winning game two, 4-1, putting the team at 14-8 overall.
In game one, Depew was in the circle for six innings, taking the loss with nine strikeouts and allowing one unearned run on four hits.
Coonan managed to hit a double during the game but could not bring it back to home.
The 1-0 game saw the Yellow Jackets cinch the win in the bottom of the first, with a double by Casey Bertke as the only run of the game.
In game two, Julia Mundy pitched for the Cardinals, allowing one run on six hits while striking out three to earn the win.
Salisbury shined for the offense with two hits and two runs scored.
A two-run home run by VerVaecke in the third brought home Popko to put SVSU on the board.
In the fourth, a double to center by Gersch scored Salisbury, taking it to 3-0, SVSU.
The team solidified its lead in the sixth after a single by Campagna scored Salisbury, bringing it to 4-0.
The Yellow Jackets made a run later in the inning, but it was not enough to catch up to SVSU’s lead.
Next up, the Cardinals will host their home-opener in a doubleheader against Northwood on Tuesday starting at 2:30 p.m. before traveling to Parkside for two games on Saturday.
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