Softball grabs sweep over Lake Erie to open GLIAC play

Aubree Mouthaan had five hits, including two home runs and six RBI in Friday's doubleheader sweep of Lake Erie...
Aubree Mouthaan had five hits, including two home runs and six RBI in Friday's doubleheader sweep of Lake Erie...

NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The SVSU softball team played a doubleheader against Lake Erie College on Friday (Mar. 24) afternoon at Walsh University. The Cardinals came out with a sweep over the Storm to open GLIAC play for 2017, pounding 25 hits in the two games while posting victories of 4-0 and 8-3, respectively.

Game One

Saginaw Valley got on the board in the bottom of the 1st with a trio of runs, the first coming on a double steal where Meredith Rousse scored from third. Aubree Mouthaan followed next with a home run over the left field fence, scoring Courtney Reeves, who advanced to second on the double steal. That made the score 3-0 after one inning.

The Cardinals added another run in the home half of the 3rd inning, as Mouthaan had a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Evy Lobdell, who singled to lead-off the frame. That pushed the lead to 4-0.

The 4-0 scores is where the final remained, as the Cards got out of a slight jam in the 6th and closed-out for the win. 

Inside the Boxscore

  • Rousse was 3-3 in the opener with a run scored and two stolen bases. 
  • Mouthaan had the two-run shot, posting three RBI and a run scored.
  • Lobdell went 2-3 with a run scored. 
  • Julia Miller added a hit in the first game.

In the Circle

  • Samantha Willman (5-3) worked the complete game while picking up the victory. She allowed just three hits and a pair of walks while striking-out six batters. 

Game Two

Serving as the visiting team for the nightcap, the Cards took a 1-0 edge in the top of the 2nd after Becky Corbett ripped an RBI single down the left field line to plate Mouthaan.

SVSU tacked-on three more in the top of the fourth to make the lead 4-0, using another Mouthaan blast to left. This one scored both Rousse and Reeves. 

Lake Erie responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 3rd, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Anna Conard put another run on the board for SV in the top of the 5th, scoring Mouthaan with a double to make it 5-2. Then, with the bases-loaded and two outs, Lobdell stepped up to the plate. She ripped a line-drive double over the center fielder's head, clearing the bases and scoring Miller, Corbett and Danielle Hamilton in the process. That big blow pushed the lead out to 8-2.

Lake Erie scored a single run in the bottom of the 7th, but SVSU claimed the 8-3 victory in game two and the sweep.

Inside the Boxscore

  • Mouthaan had another big game at the plate, going 4-5 with three more RBI and three runs scored. The four hits mark a career-best.
  • Lobdell went 3-5 in game two with a trio of RBI as well with two doubles.
  • Miller had her first career three hit game, going 3-3 with a run and a walk.
  • Rousse added two hits with a walk and run scored. She stole two more bases in the second contest.
  • Conard had two hits with a double and RBI for SV.
  • Corbett had an RBI single, run scored and a walk.

In the Circle

  • Annie Hansen (5-1) got the start and victory, tossing 4.0 innings. She allowed five hits, two runs (1 earned) while walking two and notching a strikeout.
  • Conard pitched well in relief for SVSU, going 2.2 innings, allowing a single hit and posting a strikeout. 
  • Elayne Young also worked relief in the circle for the Cardinals. 

Up Next...

The Cardinals will square-off against Walsh on Saturday (Mar. 25) in another league twinbill. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. at the WU Softball Complex. Follow along via the SVSU softball schedule for live stats.

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