The Southern Illinois University Edwardville softball team ran its winning streak to six games and finished the USF Under Armour Showcase a perfect 5-0 with a pair of wins Sunday.
The Cougars (15-4) defeated Georgetown 8-2 in eight innings and blanked Bowling Green 3-0.
“We certainly didn’t take the easy way, but a lot of different players certainly stepped up this weekend,” said Sandy Montgomery.
Jordan LaFave’s game-tying home run in the top of the seventh led to SIUE’s six-run eighth inning in game one as the Cougars defeated the Hoyas. Allison Smiley’s three-run triple highlighted the big inning for the Cougars.
“I’m just trying to keep my confidence up and not let one at bat affect the next one,” said LaFave.
Baylee Douglass picked up the pitching victory for the Cougars, which won its second straight extra-inning game.
“We’re getting solid pitching, and that’s giving us a chance to win,” said Montgomery.
Good pitching is allowing the Cougar hitters an opportunity to make adjustments and score runs late, Montgomery added.
Haley Chambers came in and tossed her third shutout of the season against Bowling Green. Chambers said the extra-inning win against Georgetown propelled her.
“It gave me the momentum to go into the next game and get the job done,” said Chambers.
Chambers struck out 11 and allowed two hits against the Falcons, 5-8.
“I didn’t throw my best today, but I was able to get some movement on it, and that’s what kept me in the game,” Chambers said.
“We try to take the pressure off of her (Chambers),” said LaFave. “We know we’re going to get a solid outing from her every time she gets in the circle.”
Whitney Lanphier, who collected her first hit of the season yesterday after coming back from a preseason injury, belted her first home run of the season in the second inning against Bowling Green.
“Lanphier hit a two-run bomb to deep, deep center field,” said Montgomery. “That’s the biggest one I’ve seen in a while.”
Montgomery said Lanphier’s at bats have been limited since coming back from her injury.
“She (Lanphier) is an athlete, and she wants to be in the lineup,” said Montgomery.
The McKendree Bearcats picked up two wins during day two at the Captain D’s Surf and Turf Classic.
The Bearcats are now 4-4 overall and will play its final two games at the classic on Monday, when they play Catawba College at nooon, followed by a game against No. 11 University of North Georgia at 2 p.m.,
McKendree needed nine innings to earn a win over Mercyhurst University for the second-straight day, earning a 6-1 victory in nine innings.
The game was scoreless until the Bearcats brought in six runs on six hits. Senior Erica Johnson drove in the game’s first run with a fielder’s choice. She then scored on a Katie Nauman single.
Maria Schulte followed with a two-run double. Jamie Doggendorf and Kate Mayes plated the final two runs with RBI singles.
The Lakers scored one run in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Kayla Larson, but she was thrown out while trying to advance to third to end the inning and the game.
Senior pitcher Susan Goetze pitched nine innings and had eight strikeouts in the win to improve to 1-2 overall. Nauman led McKendree with three hits and RBI and a run scored.
The Bearcats scored three runs in the second and sixth innings to earn a 8-0 win over Lincoln Memorial University in the second game of the day.
After scoring a run on a bases-loaded walk in the first inning, the Bearcats broke the game open with four runs in the second. Doggendorf and an RBI single and Ashley Scheffler scored two with a single
McKendree would add another run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Stoszkus (3-0_ had seven strikeouts in the win, while Doggendorf led McKendree at the plate with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored.