SOFTBALL RESPONDS WITH THREE WINS ON SUNDAY
GEORGETOWN, Texas - After a shaky start to conference action the Southwestern softball team regrouped and put their bats to work as they took the final three games of the series with Austin College on Sunday afternoon.
At the outset of day two the Pirates and ‘Roos had some unfinished business to attend to. With game two from the previous day still tied after six innings the two teams took to the field to settle the tie.
AC scored one run in the top of the inning to put the pressure on the Pirates. SU’s response was immediate as Blair Wallace had a lead off single and Katelyn Gola followed with a bunt single to represent the winning run. After a line out by Haley Hughes put one out up Kaitlyn Pavlicek’s grounder to short was misplayed, overthrowing first base, allowing Wallace to tie it up again and moving Gola to third base. Gola was brought home on a single by Bre Lewis to win the game.
The momentum and scoring carried over into the next game as the Pirates put up three runs in the first inning, snagging an early lead and never looking back. They scored two more in the fourth to go up by five, 5-0 and held Austin College to just one run in the seventh inning to win the third game of the series 5-1.
True to form for the day SU wasted no time in the final game, scoring five runs in the first and three runs in the second taking an 8-1 lead heading into the third inning. AC fought back and posted five runs of their own in the fourth to pull within 8-7 but the SU defense shut them down the rest of the way as the offense tacked on three more runs to secure the 11-7 win.
Hughes led offensively going 5-7 with two doubles and one triple, scoring three times and driving in three runs in the final two games. Aly Pulver went 4-6 and Wallace was 3-5.
Kara Solomon and Lyndsy Maus each earned wins on the mound while Solomon also received a save.
Southwestern improves to 15-6 overall and 3-1 in the SCAC while the 'Roos fall to 10-10 on the year and 1-3 in the SCAC.
The Pirates continue SCAC action over the coming weekend as they head to Millsaps for a four game series starting on Saturday.