Southern Utah Closes Out Tournament Play with Back-to-Back Wins
SUU put up seven runs on six hits in the opening frame of its morning contest before Lafayette scored five straight to pull back within two. Leadoff hitter Sara Park drove in three runs with an RBI double as Thunderbirds batted around and Kristen Berger came up with a two-run single for the Jaguars in the bottom of the second.
Southern Utah extended the margin by plating six more in the top of the fourth to claim the 13-5 win. The team worked its way through the lineup once again with Kadi Henderson, Meagan Neilson, Ashley Clayson, Cora Cordova and Park all driving in scores.
Jordan Theurer, Ariel Hart and Ashley Ostler all saw time in the circle for the T-Birds during the contest. Ostler (1-3) allowed two runs while working two innings to earn her first win of the year. Melissa Robinson (1-4) was unable to get through the first frame and was charged with the loss after giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned.
Boise State struck first in the day’s second matchup, using an RBI double from first baseman Ashley Palmer to claim a quick 1-0 advantage. That would be the only score until the top of the sixth when Madison Resley sent a base hit into right center to even the game at a run apiece. Tanisha Anderson put the Thunderbirds ahead with an infield RBI single in the final inning that brought Lyndsey Healey in from third.
Kate Greenberg (2-3) tossed a perfect seventh to earn the complete game victory as SUU held on for the 2-1 win. The junior pitcher gave up four hits, walked five and struck out four, but allowed just one run. MacKenzie McGill (2-3) took the loss for the Broncos.
Park finished the day batting 5-8 with five RBI and a double. Resley and Henderson each drove in two runs on three hits for the T-Birds, who outhit their opponents by an overall mark of .364 to .196 on the day.
Southern Utah now gets set to begin Big Sky Conference play this weekend by hosting rival Weber State. The Wildcats will be in town for a three-game series scheduled to start with a doubleheader on Friday at 2:00 p.m. followed by a single game on Saturday at noon. Admission to Kathryn Berg Field is open to the public with live coverage also available online at www.suutbirds.com.