Comeback Falls Short for Thunderbirds on Senior Day
CEDAR CITY, Utah - It was a Senior Day slugfest at Kathryn Berg Field Saturday afternoon. The Southern Utah softball team hosted the Sacramento State Hornets for the final game of a three-game series and both teams combined for 29 hits and 24 runs in a game that ended in a 13-11 loss for the Thunderbirds.
Southern Utah found themselves down early as the Hornets put up seven runs in the first two innings, five in the first and two more in the second. They had just six hits between the two innings, but were able to take advantage of two Thunderbird errors to reach the seven run total.
Once again the Thunderbird offense was presented with an opportunity to pick up the defense and they did just that in the fourth inning. After loading the bases to start the inning, senior Morgan Leonard picked up the first RBI for the T-Birds, working a six-pitch walk to make it 7-1. Three batters later, junior Sarah Murphy hit a bases-clearing triple down the line in right field to cut the Hornet lead to just three runs. Sophomore Nicole Simonson followed with her second home run of the season to make it 7-6 Sac State.
That six-run fourth for the Thunderbirds sparked a back and forth battle between the two offenses. The Hornets responded with two more runs in the top of the fifth to make it 9-6, but the Thunderbirds would answer right back in the bottom of the inning. Javlyn Weaver hit a two-RBI triple to bring SUU back within one run and Leonard would tie things up at nine with an RBI single to right field.
Sacramento State wasn’t done yet however as they scored four more runs between the sixth and seventh innings, leaving the Thunderbirds with a four-run deficit heading into their final at-bats. The Thunderbirds immediately loaded the bases with three straight singles. RBI’s from Simonson and Kendall Kapitzke would cut the deficit to just two runs, but Southern Utah would not be able to score any more runs, dropping the series finale 13-11.
Despite the loss, the Thunderbirds still won the series with the Hornets, winning both games of Friday’s doubleheader. They have now won six of their last nine Big Sky matchups and sit at 9-6 in conference play.
Coming Up Next
With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Thunderbirds will head to Weber State next weekend for a three-game series with the Wildcats.
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