Cards Earn Nightcap Victory in Second Day Split

Cards Earn Nightcap Victory in Second Day Split

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  Following an opening day split at the 2017 Midwest Region Crossover Tournament, the SVSU softball team had a similar result in play on Saturday. SVSU dropped the opener to Drury by a 4-1 score before coming back and posting a 7-2 defeat of McKendree in the late game. 

With the split, Saginaw Valley is now 4-5 overall and 4-4 against regional opponents for 2017. 

Game One – Drury 

The Panthers did all of their scoring in the bottom of the 1st, posting five straight hits, including a three-run home run and an RBI double, to take a 4-0 lead. 

Saginaw Valley scored its only run of the game on a bases loaded walk, as Danielle Hamilton scored when Aubree Mouthaan was walked to cut the deficit to 4-1. 

That would finish the game's scoring, as Drury sealed the three-run victory. 

Inside the Boxscore 

  • Anna Conard came on in relief of Hannah Atwell (0-1), who took the loss and gave up four runs on five hits while working 0+ innings. Conard fired 6.0 innings of no-hit ball, registering a career-high seven strikeouts.
  • Hamilton posted two hits and scored the only run in the game for SVSU. She added two steals on the base paths.
  • Courtney Reeves had the other two base hits. 

Game Two – McKendree 

Saturday's nightcap marked the second time the Cardinals faced the Bearcats, as they defeated them by an 8-5 count on February 18 at the Music City Invitational. The final result would be the same, with SVSU notching 10 hits in another victory. 

SV got out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st when Meredith Rousse knocked-in Danielle Hamilton, who singled to lead-off the half. After Rousse stole second and moved to third on a throwing error, Evy Lobdell laced an RBI single to right field to score her. 

The bottom of the 3rd would see the designated home team Cardinals add a trio of runs to push the advantage out to 5-0. Madison Burgess and Rousse had back-to-back doubles, setting up runners on second and third with Mouthaan digging-in. She cleared the bases, driving one deep over the left field fence for the three-run blast and her second home run of the season. 

Saginaw Valley added another two runs in the bottom of the 5th, making the lead 7-0. Lobdell plated Mouthaan from first with an RBI double and a Conard infield single drew an errant throw, scoring Lobdell as well. 

The Bearcats scored their first run in the top of the 6th on a sac fly to center and added another run in the 7th on an RBI single. The final count would stand at 7-2, however, with the Cardinals claiming victory. 

Inside the Boxscore 

  • Annie Hansen (2-1) earned the complete game victory in the circle. She allowed just a single earned run on five hits, striking-out one batter.
  • Lobdell was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI and a run in the victory.
  • Mouthaan had the three-run shot as her only hit and scored twice.
  • Rousse had two hits with a double, RBI and two runs scored.
  • Burgess notched two hits with a double and run.
  • Hamilton had a base hit with a run while Conard had the other hit for SV. 

Up Next…

The Cardinals finish play at the Midwest Region Crossover on Sunday (Feb. 26) with another pair of contests. SVSU plays Truman in a noon battle before taking on tournament host Southern Indiana at 2 pm. Both times are eastern.
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