GEORGETOWN, Texas – The University of Dallas softball team dropped two games Friday to begin a four-game series at Southwestern University. Both contests featured the home squad posting eight-run frames at some point to help lead to run-ruled finals.
GAME 1 INFORMATION
Team Scores: University of Dallas (3), Southwestern University (11) (Final 5 innings)
Team Records: Dallas (9-16, 4-5 SCAC), Southwestern (12-9, 5-2 SCAC)
Pitcher of Record: W) Smith (4-1), L) Galvan (5-7)
- Melanie Savala (Bryan, Texas) was perfect at the plate with two hits, including one for a double. She drove in two.
- Southwestern accumulated 16 hits with a trio of players etching three apiece.
- Sydney Scott was one of them (3-4) with three RBI, a double, and two runs scored. Kaitlynn Copher also drove in three, homered, and went 2-for-3. Berkeley Bacon had the final multi-hit game (2-3) with both for extra bases (double, home run).
- Chandler Smith went five innings for the complete game and allowed three runs (2 earned) on eight hits. She struck out two.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Crusaders took an early lead with a run in the first inning. Finch singled on a bunt, but was erased after being doubled off. Miller and Savala reached on back-to-back hits to lead to a 1-0 advantage. Savala doubled to bring in the team leader in runs scored after her infield hit to shortstop.
Southwestern put runners at second and third in its first turn to bat, but Galvan got out of the inning with a fly out to center.
Unfortunately the Pirates compiled eight runs on just as many hits in their second inning up. The first six batters up reached, with five via a base knock. Bacon doubled to left center to leadoff the frame. After Marissa Irvin reached, Andrea Hern reached on an error and Bacon scored the tying run. After another single loaded the bases, Scott doubled to center and drove in two. The home squad continued to add on as Copher's three-run homer and Bacon's two-out solo shot capped the massive inning.
The Crusaders answered with two runs in their next turn to hit in the third. Kotlar laced a two-out double to left field. Miller reached on her second straight infield hit, and a defensive miscue by SU allowed her to advance to second and Kotlar scored. Savala drove in Miller a second time on the game right after.
The Pirates pushed the margin back to eight with a three-run fourth and secured the five-inning final.
GAME 2 INFORMATION
Team Scores: University of Dallas (4), Southwestern University (13) (Final 5 innings)
Team Records: Dallas (9-17, 4-6 SCAC), Southwestern (13-9, 6-2 SCAC)
Pitcher of Record: W) Longuet (6-4), L) Lee (4-8)
- Miller extended her hitting streak to 11 games and has reached base in 19 straight. Her lone knock was the team's one extra base hit counting for a double. The team leader's stolen base total improved to 20 with a pair.
- Dallas has now swiped four or more bags as a team in five contests this spring. Finch and Savala had the other thefts.
- Allie Driskill (Houston, Texas) recorded two RBI on a 1-for-2. She is now the team leader with 14 driven in.
- Tano increased her hitting streak to seven games and notched the other ribbie.
- Katie Lee (Houston, Texas) started and went 3.1 innings. She allowed seven runs (5 earned) on six hits. Martin tossed the last 1.1 innings.
- Southwestern reached double-digits in hits for the second time on the day with 10.
- Scott doubled and had two RBI with one-of-two multiple hit games from the Pirates. Andrea Hern had the other as both went 2-for-3. Hern crossed home three times.
- Paige McShan and Curtis each went deep. Both were three-run blasts.
- Lindsey Longuet got the win in a five-inning, complete game. She fanned six and allowed two earned runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Again it was Dallas that gained the first inning advantage by scoring early. This time it was a two-run frame. With Finch and Miller both on, the speedy duo performed a double steal to get into scoring position. Driskill delivered with two outs by singling down the right field line.
Southwestern countered with two runs in the second inning to knot the game. Scott scored Irvin on a two-out single up the middle. A Dallas error allowed the Pirates to even the contest at 2-all. Initially an error at first allowed Celeste Silvas to reach safely but then a throwing error at home allowed Hern to score. Stephanie Cervantes (Temecula, Calif.) recovered and applied a tag on a trailing Scott to end the frame.
The Crusaders got a double steal in the top of the third with Savala taking second and Miller scoring to break the tie. Dallas got a perfect third, but then allowed eight runs in the fourth inning to give the opposition the momentum.
Southwestern had four hits with Scott's double and Curtis lifting a three-run homer to highlight the huge inning that pulled the home team ahead 10-3. Both sides got runs in the fifth, with Tano driving in her 13th runner on the season for UD. McShan had the team's second three-run homer of the game and fourth round-tripper on the breezy afternoon to cap the 13-4 result.
Dallas concludes the series tomorrow at Southwestern. Due to weather the start time of the first game has been moved up to 11 a.m.