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Cards Take Two at Notre Dame College to Run Winning Streak to 13 Games

Shelby Weeks now has seven home runs for the 2016 season...
Shelby Weeks now has seven home runs for the 2016 season...

The Basics

Game #1: Saginaw Valley 3, Notre Dame 2
Game #2: Saginaw Valley 8, Notre Dame 3
Normandy Field - South Euclid, Ohio

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio - Completing the non-conference portion of the 2016 season, the SVSU softball team ran its winning streak to 13 games after sweeping the Notre Dame College Falcons by scores of 3-2 and 8-3, respectively. 

The 13 game win streak is the most since the program rattled-off 14 victories during the 2009-10 season. 

Game One

Saginaw Valley scored a pair of runs right off the bat in the top of the first inning, as Madison Burgess began the game with a double and she was later driven-in by Shelby Weeks with a home run over the center field fence to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage.

The Falcons evened the game at 2-2 in the bottom half of the first, using a two-run home run of their own for the runs.

The Cardinals added a single run in the top of the second to grab a 3-2 edge when Burgess had an RBI single up the middle that plated Jessica Wood, who walked to reach base and was advanced to second on a Kennedi Thomas infield single. 

Starting pitcher Sarah Vrabel settled in nicely from there, holding Notre Dame scoreless the rest of the way and Saginaw Valley closed out for the 3-2 victory.

Inside the Boxscore

  • Burgess went 3-for-4 for the third straight game and added an RBI and run scored. She had a double in the contest.
  • Weeks was 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, marking the third straight game with a long ball. 
  • Aubree Mouthaan went 2-for-3 in the opening game as well. 
  • Vrabel (4-1) tossed a complete game in the victory, scattering seven hits with two runs, walking three and posting six strikeouts in the effort.
  • The Cardinals notched nine hits in the victory.

Game Two

SVSU fell behind by a 2-0 count after the first inning of play in the nightcap before scoring single runs in the second, third and fourth inning, respectively, to take the 3-2 lead. The Cardinals got an RBI groundout from Evy Lobdell to score Weeks in the second, a Meredith Rousse RBI hit in the third to plate Danielle Hamilton and a solo shot to right center from Mouthaan fir the run in the fourth inning.

Thomas and Becky Corbett scored in the top of the fifth inning on a Falcon error and that give the Cards a 5-2 lead in the contest.

Notre Dame would follow in the bottom of the inning, adding a run to make the score 5-3 after five complete innings.

Weeks would strike for Saginaw Valley once again, in the top of the seventh, belting a three-run home run that pushed Hamilton and Burgess across the plate. It was her fourth straight game with a home run and her seventh of the season. 

The Cardinals held their lead at 8-3 after that three-run shot, claiming the nightcap with the five-run victory. 

Inside the Boxscore

  • SVSU had nine hits in the second victory, two each coming from Weeks and Burgess. Weeks had three RBIs on a home run and a pair of runs scored while Burgess had a double. Weeks's seven home runs tie her career-high, which she has not had the past three seasons. 
  • Rousse and Mouthaan had a hit and an RBI while Lobdell had the other run knocked-in. Mouthaan's came courtesy of a solo home run. 
  • Sarah Appold (4-2) worked all seven innings in the circle for SVSU, allowing five hits and three runs. She walked five batters and struck-out five. 

Up Next

Saginaw Valley continues Friday (Mar. 25) at Malone in a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader in Canton, Ohio before playing at Walsh Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. scheduled doubleheader. 

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