CALEDONIA -- The SVSU Softball team posted a nightcap victory over the Davenport Panthers on Saturday afternoon, claiming an 8-5 win after dropping the opener by a 3-0 count.
Davenport is now 15-14 overall and 7-5 in the GLIAC while the Cards stand at 12-12 overall and 5-7 in league play.
DU scored two runs in the home half of the 1st inning, taking a 2-0 edge over the Cardinals with a pair of RBI via a walk and hit by pitch.
Another run came the Panthers' way in the 6th, pushing the lead to 3-0.
Davenport's Mallory Teunissen kept the Cards at bay in the game, posting 12 strikeouts and limiting the visitors to just five hits.
Julia Mundy (4-4) took the loss after working just a third of an inning, allowing two runs and walking a pair. Mikayla Alexandrou pitched the final 5.2 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing one run. She walked one and had three strikeouts.
Misiak put the Cardinals up 1-0 early in the second game, ripping a solo home run in the top of the 1st to give the visitors a lead.
The second inning was the big blow for the visitors, as SVSU scored seven runs to lead by an 8-0 score. Alexis Cerven had an RBI single, Corbett added a sac fly, VerVaecke drove home two with a single, and Misiak had an RBI single to get things rolling. Blasia Moyler was hit by a pitch to score another run and Salisbury drove-in a run on a fielder's choice.
The Panthers went for three runs in the bottom of the 5th on a two-run home run and a sac fly, trimming the deficit to 8-3.
No other runs came until the bottom of the 7th when Davenport scored two more to make the count 8-5 in SVSU's favor.
That score remained true with the Cardinals salvaging the league split.
Misiak had two hits with a home run and two RBI. VerVaecke had two hits with as many RBI as well. Cerven, Salisbury and Moyler all had a hit and RBI for the Cardinals to help lead the team to victory.
Hannah Atwell (2-1) picked up the victory in the circle after pitching 4.1 innings. She scattered eight hits and allowed three runs. Kasey Bagelmann got the save, working a third of an inning to close things out.
Saginaw Valley continues on the road Sunday, playing at Purdue Northwest. First pitch for the doubleheader is slated for 2:00 p.m. central time. Follow the action live at www.svsucardinals.com.
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