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Cardinals claim victory over PNW in opener; fall to Northwood in game two to finish GLIAC Tournament

Cardinals claim victory over PNW in opener; fall to Northwood in game two to finish GLIAC Tournament

SANDUSKY, Ohio -- The SVSU Softball team split on Saturday at the 2019 GLIAC Tournament, defeating Purdue Northwest 3-0 in game one before falling to Northwood by a 10-2 score in five innings of the second game. The second game defeat ended the postseason run for the Cardinals, as the games were in the elimination bracket. 

Game 1 - PNW (W, 3-0)

Saginaw Valley took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd when Julia Salisbury hit a grounder to second base and Blasia Moyler scored on the fielder's choice for the first run. 

The Cardinals then added two more in the home half of the 5th inning, as Aubree Mouthaan drilled a two-RBI double down the left field line to push the score to 3-0.

That was all of the run support that freshman hurler Jaclyn Groves would need, as she moved to 6-3 for the year with a complete game, two-hit victory. She struck-out five batters and walked four in the win. 

Mouthaan had a hit and two RBI whlie Moyler had a triple that rattled off the fence in left center field. She scored a run and walked once as well. Sarah Gersch had a hit and run, Jackie Popko ripped a double and Alicia Kolacki added a hit. Salisbury had the other RBI for the Cardinals while Gersch and Alexis Cerven each stole a base.

Game 2 - Northwood (L, 10-2)

The Timberwolves jumped out front in a big way in the bottom of the 1st, going for seven runs on six hits to take a 7-0 lead. 

In the top of the 4th, Saginaw Valley scored its only two runs of the game. Popko drilled a solo shot to center field and Salisbury knocked-in Mouthaan on a grounder to shortstop. That made the score 7-2 in Northwood's favor.

Three more came NU's way in the 5th inning, ending the game as the Timberwolves' lead reached eight runs at 10-2. 

Popko had two hits with a home run, double, run and RBI while Salisbury added a hit and RBI. Mouthaan, Shelby Misiak, Meagan VerVaecke and Becky Corbett had the other hits for the Cardinals. 

Groves (6-4) got the start and was handed the loss in the second game, pitching just 0.1 innings and allowing five runs on three hits with a pair of walks. 

Up Next...

The Cardinals finish their 2019 season with a 28-24 overall record and will graduate five seniors. Mouthaan, Corbett, Hannah Atwell, Elayne Young and Alexis Cerven all leave the program after their playing careers at SVSU. 

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