SVSU’s softball team traveled to Clermont Florida on March 6 to take on Minnesota State-Mankato. The team took home the win with a score of 5-4 in nine innings.
Senior Sarah Gersch managed four hits in eight bats with three RBI. She also hit one of the teams’ four doubles of the day.
Sophomore Paige Thomson, senior Jackie Popko, junior Alexis Gills, and junior Sara Moos each had two hits.
Junior Maddie Campagna hit an RBI double that scored Gills in the second.
Moos also scored Popko. SVSU took the lead 2-1 in the start of the fourth inning.
A single scored the tying run for Minnesota. The score would remain the same throughout the seventh.
Minnesota used a single to left center to push the score up to 3-2. Gersch responded with a knock to the left that scored Beck. The score was tied once again.
The ninth inning saw Minnesota move ahead. They hit a run in the top half of the inning. Junior Sydney Herioux busted out a single to right field that scored Gills.
The bases were now loaded for SVSU.
Junior Emily Depew pitched for SVSU. She allowed two runs and seven hits while striking out two.
Junior Alyssa Muench got her fifth win of the season as pitcher. She struck out two batters from Minnesota.
The team played a second game that same day against Sioux Falls. They also won that game 7-5.
SVSU softball traveled to Leesburg Florida on March 11 to take on Illinois-Springfield and Missouri-St. Louis. The team won both games with scores of 1-0 and 3-0 respectively.
Four SVSU players hit above .400. Junior Cam Coonan led the way with nine hits and a .474 batting average. Freshman Katelyn Pnacek hit .450 with nine hits and six RBI.
Junior Maddie Campagna and freshman Emily Beckas managed .429.
Game one saw a defensive side from SVSU as neither team was willing to give up runs through the first six innings of the game.
Junior Sydney Herioux changed the game in the seventh when she managed a sacrifice bunt with runners in the corners that allowed Gills to score.
This was followed by two strikeouts and a grounder. The ended the chance of tying the game for UIS.
Depew got the start pitching. She played all seven innings. This game marked her fourth complete game of the season. She saw four batters sit with strikes and improved her record 3-2.
The second game was a bit shorter. The first inning saw a score for SVSU but the next four remained scoreless.
Campagna hit a single to the center field that scored sophomore Olivia Sabin.
Muench pitched for the whole game. She managed two strikeouts and allowed only two hits. She helped the team secure the win.
The team will play again on March 17 in Ohio.
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