Softball sweeps doubleheaders, hosts home opener

Sophomore Paige Kolinski bats against Purdue Northwest at home, leading to SVSU’s win. Vanguard Photographer | Justin Kruskie

The SVSU softball team posted victories in doubleheaders against Wayne State, Purdue Northwest and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside last week.

The week started on Tuesday with the Cardinals traveling to play at Wayne State and sweeping their opponents.

SVSU earned a close 4-3 victory in game one over the Warriors.

Emily Depew earned the win in the circle, pitching the entire game and allowing three runs on eight hits, walking two and recording eight strikeouts.

A single by Julia Salisbury to score Sarah Gersch opened things up in the first.

In the third, an RBI walk by Jackie Popko added a Cardinal run and this along with a score on a wild pitch put the game at 3-0.

A fielding error by Wayne State in the fifth allowed for the Cardinals to add another run to their lead.

While the Warriors scored two runs in the fifth and another in the seventh, they could not overtake the Cardinals’ lead.

In game two, the Cardinals came out on top with a 12-1 victory in five innings.

Julia Mundy pitched the complete game, taking the win with six strikeouts and allowing one run on three hits.

The game opened with SVSU taking a 4-0 lead in the first following RBIs by Leah Denome and Meagan VerVaecke along with a two-run single by Paige Kolinski.

The Cardinals took their lead to 7-0 after runs by Moos and VerVaecke in the second and a single by Popko in the third.

Wayne State prevented a shutout with a run in the fourth.

In the fifth, RBIs by Kolinski and Moos alongside a two-run home run by Blasia Moyler concluded the game.

On Friday, the team hosted its home opener against Purdue Northwest, ending in another doubleheader sweep.

Game one ended in five innings with an 14-6 win for the Cardinals.

Depew pitched all five innings, walking four, recording four strikeouts and allowing six hits totaling six runs, one unearned.

Purdue scored two runs in the top of the first while SVSU started off scoring in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Salisbury.

The second inning saw RBIs from Denome and Maddie Campagna put the Cardinals in the lead at 3-2.

Purdue tied things up in the third, but SVSU broke the game wide open with seven runs in the fourth.

Sophomore Emily Depew pitches against Purdue Northwest. Vanguard Photographer | Justin Kruskie

A single by Popko, two-run doubles from VerVaecke and Gersch, and a two-run triple by Moyler took the Cardinals to a 10-3 lead heading into the fifth.

Purdue attempted to gain traction with three runs in the top of the inning, but the Cardinals added four runs to their lead in the bottom to take the win.

In game two, SVSU claimed a 4-2 victory over the Pride.

Mundy pitched the entire game, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits while walking one and recording 12 strikeouts in seven innings Purdue started scoring off in the second with a solo home run before an RBI single by Moos tied the game in the third.

In the fourth, an RBI triple by Gersch and an RBI single by Denome put the Cardinals at a 3-1 advantage.

A Cardinal error allowed Purdue to score in the sixth, but a solo home run by Campagna later in the inning solidified SVSU’s victory.

Saturday saw another doubleheader sweep at home, this time with the Cardinals taking on Parkside.

Game one lasted five innings, ending in a 10-1 win for the team.

Mundy earned the win in the circle after pitching the complete game and allowing two hits, one run, walking one and recording seven strikeouts.

The game opened with a Cardinal run in first followed by a three-run double by Denome in the second, taking it to 4-0.

A two-run home run by VerVaecke in the third brought the team’s lead to 6-0.

The fourth brought Parkside’s first run of the game which SVSU answered with four runs in the bottom the inning.

An RBI single by Popko, a two-run double by Moos and an RBI double by VerVaecke concluded scoring for the game.

The day’s second game ended in a 7-0 shutout win for the Cardinals, bringing the team’s record to 26-12 overall and 12-4 in the GLIAC.

Gersch led the offense for SVSU with two hits and three RBIs while Salisbury had three hits including a double.

Alyssa Muench pitched the entire seven innings, allowing eight hits, walking one and recording five strikeouts.

A single by Popko in the first followed by four Cardinal runs in the second put the team at an early 5-0 advantage.

A two-run single by SVSU in the third put the score at 7-0 where it remained until the game’s conclusion.

Next, the team will host Wayne State in a doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 2:30 p.m.

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