Softball reaches 20-win mark after regional sweep at Malone

Aubree Mouthaan had a solid day at the plate for SVSU in the team's sweep at Malone...
Aubree Mouthaan had a solid day at the plate for SVSU in the team's sweep at Malone...

CANTON, Ohio - The SVSU softball team continued weekend play in Ohio, playing at Malone University on Monday in a regional doubleheader. The Cardinals improved to 20-7 overall on the season after a pair of wins over the Pioneers, posting 2-0 and 12-0 decisions in the first and second games, respectively.

Game One

The Cards jumped right out to a 1-0 advantage in the top of the 1st inning, using a Meredith Rousse RBI double that scored Danielle Hamilton

The next run of the game wouldn't come until the top of the 5th, when SVSU plated another run to grab the 2-0 edge. Aubree Mouthaan ripped an RBI single to left, pushing Hamilton across for another run.

The 2-0 score held for the visitors and would prove to be the final, with SVSU getting the victory.

Inside the Boxscore

  • The Cardinals made the most of their hits, getting just four total in the game one victory.
  • Rousse had the lone extra-base hit with her RBI double, adding a pair of walks.
  • Mouthaan had the RBI single as well for her only hit.
  • Hamilton was 1-3 with two runs scored and one walk.
  • Courtney Reeves had the only other hit for the Cards.
  • Hamilton and Rousse each stole two bases.

In the Circle

  • Anna Conard (6-1) continued her stellar work pitching, working the complete game for the victory. She allowed just three hits and struck-out four batters.

Game Two

There was much more action offensively for the visitors in the second contest, as the Cardinals went for 14 hits while allowing just two for the Pioneers. SVSU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st frame, using a sacrifice fly from Rousse that drove-in Hamilton for the first run. Mouthaan followed that up with a solo home run to left field.

In the top of the 3rd, the Cardinals went nuts for seven runs, extending the lead out to 9-0. Rousse and Mouthaan led-off the top of the inning with back-to-back solo shots for the first two runs. Becky Corbett followed with an RBI single that scored Evy Lobdell. Lauren Bachert later added a pair of RBI when her single pushed Breanna Dinsmoore and Conard across. Rousse finished her work for the inning with a two-RBI single up the middle, scoring Bachert and Corbett.

Three more runs came in the top of the 5th, setting the SVSU lead at 12-0. Mouthaan added a two-RBI double to her credit that scored Bachert and Hamilton. Lobdell then added an RBI double to center, pushing Mouthaan across. That 12-0 score would remain the final count, as the game was called due to the five-inning mercy rule.

Inside the Boxscore

  • Mouthaan had three hits in four tries, going for two home runs and a double. She posted four RBI and scored three times and now has seven home runs on the season.
  • Rousse went 2-3 with four RBI as well, including a home run and run scored. She has five home runs for the 2017 campaign.
  • Lobdell was 2-2 with a double, RBI, walk and run scored.
  • Bachert had a hit with two RBI and pair of runs.
  • Ten SVSU players registered a hit in the second contest.
  • Hamilton had the only steal for the team, adding a hit, two runs and a walk.

In the Circle

  • Samantha Willman (9-3) picked up the victory, working the first 4.0 innings of the contest while allowing two hits, a single walk and striking-out seven batters. 
  • Hannah Atwell tossed the final inning in relief, setting down her opponents in order.

Up Next...

Saginaw Valley opens the home portion of the 2017 season with a pair of weekend GLIAC doubleheaders. The Cardinals host Wayne State on Saturday (Apr. 8) at noon before playing Hillsdale on Sunday at noon as well.

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