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Softball Forces Winner-take-all Championship Game with 8-5 Victory Over Wayne State

Shelby Weeks was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored in the game one victory
Shelby Weeks was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored in the game one victory

FINDLAY, Ohio - The SVSU softball team (33-18) used 14 hits, including six doubles and a home run in an 8-5 opening game victory over the Wayne State Warriors (40-18-1) to force a winner-take-all GLIAC Softball championship game at 12:25 p.m. at the Marathon Diamonds in Findlay, Ohio.

SVSU got out to a quick lead in the top of the first, scoring two runs on a Nicole Romain two-RBI single that scored Shelby Weeks and Mackenzie Rousse, who led the game off with two hits.  That made the score 2-0.

The Cardinals added another run in the top of the third when Marcy Medina laced an RBI double that plated Evy Lobdell for the 3-0 lead.  Lobdell reached on a double in the at-bat just before Medina.

The Warriors pushed a pair of runs across in the bottom of the frame, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

SVSU responded with a Weeks RBI single in the top of the fourth to make the score 4-2.  She scored Amanda Kimes on the play.

Wayne State got a pinch-hit two-run home run and scored once more in the bottom of the fourth to take its first lead of the game at 5-4.

Saginaw Valley responded in a big way in the top of the sixth, using a Weeks RBI double to center field to score pinch-hitter Danielle Hamilton, who was hit by a pitch.  Madison Burgess would later score on a Mackenzie Rousse RBI single, as Burgess reached base on a bunt single.

The Cards added two more in the top of the seventh, adding a pair of insurance runs when Meredith Rousse hit a long home run to center field, scoring pinch-runner Samantha Willman and extending the lead out to 8-5.  Willman ran for Romain, who had a one-out single to left field.

The three run cushion was enough for starting pitcher Sarah Appold, who worked all 7.0 innings.  She improved to 14-8 on the season while scattering 11 hits, allowing three runs and posting three strikeouts as well.

Weeks was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a runs scored.  She had two doubles in the contest.  Medina had a pair of doubles with an RBI while Romain was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  Meredith Rousse had two hits as well, with the big two-run home run and a run scored.  Mackenzie Rousse was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run while Burgess was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The teams will play in the winner-take-all championship game with a trip to the 2015 NCAA Division II Softball Tournament on the line at 12:25 p.m.