The SVSU softball team faced a week of doubleheaders, sweeping the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on April 4, winning games against Ferris State on Thursday and losing twice to Grand Valley State University on Saturday.
On Monday, the team traveled to Rosemont, Ill. to take on Parkside in GLIAC competition. The Cardinals warmed up with a 3-0 shutout in game one and finished off the day with a 10-1 victory in game two.
In game one, Jaclyn Groves earned the win in the circle, pitching five innings and allowing one hit, three base on balls and striking out five. Emily Depew pitched the last three innings to earn the save, allowing one hit, two base on balls and striking out three.
Jackie Popko led the team offensively with a triple and two runs to finish 2-for-3.
An error by Parkside in the first inning allowed for RBIs from Popko and Sara Moos, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
SVSU concluded scoring in the sixth inning, when an RBI by Moos scored Popko to solidify the team’s win.
Game two saw Julia Mundy in the circle for all five innings, recording five strikeouts, walking three and allowing one run on five hits to earn the win.
Popko performed well offensively once again with two hits and three runs.
Julia Salisbury finished with two hits and two RBIs while Meagan VerVaecke and Paige Kolinski each recorded two hits and three RBIs.
An RBI double by VerVaecke and a tworun single by Kolinski opened things up for the Cardinals in the seconds inning.
In the third, RBIs from Kolinski and Moos took the team’s lead to 5-0.
Four runs in the fourth were capped off by a two-run double from VerVaecke, taking the Cardinals’ dominating lead to 9-0.
The top of the fifth brought an RBI by Salisbury and though the Rangers responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, the game concluded at 10-1, SVSU.
On Thursday, the Cardinals competed as the home team at Ferris State due to field conditions at the SVSU Softball Complex.
SVSU swept the doubleheader, taking game one 11-3 and clinching a 1-0 win in game two.
In game one, Groves pitched 2.1 innings, allowing four hits, two runs and striking out one. Depew earned the win in the circle after pitching 3.2 innings in relief and recording six strikeouts.
The game started with a run by Ferris State in the top of the first, but SVSU came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning including a two-run double by Blasia Moyer to score Moos and Popko.
The Bulldogs scored another run in the third, but SVSU extended its lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth after Leah Denome singled to score Maddie Campagna.
In the fifth, Popko hit her fifth solo home run of the season and Campagna scored VerVaecke to take it to 7-2, SVSU.
A run by Ferris State in the top of the sixth was responded to in the bottom by four runs from the Cardinals including a two-run double by Kolinski to close out the game with an 11-3 victory.
In game two, Mundy pitched a complete game shutout, allowing one hit and recording nine strikeouts to earn the win.
The board stayed clear until the sixth inning when Salisbury scored the only run of the game, hitting an RBI single to score Campagna and seal the win.
Saturday’s doubleheader at GVSU saw the Lakers take game one 2-1 before taking game two in a 5-0 shutout over the Cardinals. This takes SVSU to 18-12 overall and 4-4 in the GLIAC.
Emily Depew pitched 6.2 innings in game one, taking the loss after allowing seven hits, two runs and recording nine strikeouts.
Popko scored the first run of the game in the sixth inning after Moos reached on an error by GVSU.
A two-run double by the Lakers in the bottom of the seventh closed out the game to give GVSU the win.
Game two saw Mundy take the loss in the circle after allowing seven hits, five runs and striking out four in 6.0 innings.
GVSU posted a run in the second and another in the third, giving the Lakers a 2-0 lead.
Three more runs by GVSU in the fourth capped off scoring in the game and left the final score at 5-0, GVSU.
The team faced another doubleheader at Davenport University yesterday, the results for which had not been published at the time of this report.
On Tuesday, the Cardinals will travel to play a doubleheader at Wayne State starting at 3:30 p.m. The team will then host a doubleheader against Purdue Northwest on Friday starting at 1 p.m. followed by a doubleheader against Parkside on Saturday beginning at noon.