Softball Splits Final Day of Beehive Classic
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah - The back-and-forth battle theme of the weekend continued Sunday for the Southern Utah softball team as they split their final two games of the Beehive Classic.
Game One: SUU 3, Wagner 5
The first game of the day for the Thunderbirds was a rematch with the Wagner College Seahawks. The two teams met for the first time on Friday when the Thunderbirds used 17 hits and a six-run fourth inning to beat the Seahawks 10-4.
This time around both teams combined for 17 hits and the Seahawks got the better of the Thunderbirds winning 5-3. Freshman Samantha Guile started the game in the circle for the Thunderbirds after having her best start of the season against Bradley University the day before.
The Seahawks opened the scoring in the first inning when leadoff batter Karen Prihoda bunted her way on, worked her way around the bases, and was brought home on an RBI single by Brianna Tredway. The Thunderbirds would answer back in the bottom half of the first when senior Payton Hart doubled and fellow senior Megan Reed knocked her in with an RBI single to left field.
The Seahawks scored four more runs over the next four innings including one in the third, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth. After facing three batters in the fifth inning, Guile would be replaced by Haley Wall in the circle. After taking a few batters to settle in, Wall really found her groove giving up just two hits and no runs in her three innings of relief.
Down 5-1, the Thunderbirds would pick up two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, when catcher Morgan Leonard hits a two-run home run over the left field fence scoring pinch runner Ashley Boylan and cutting the Seahawks’ lead to just two. However, a single from Javlyn Weaver would be the only other offense the Thunderbirds could generate in the final innings as they fell 5-3.
Game Two: SUU 10, Bradley 7
About 30 minutes after losing to the Seahawks, the Thunderbirds opened their final game of the weekend against Bradley University. The two teams matched up for the first time on Saturday when the Braves held the Thunderbird offense to just two hits, beating them by a score of 4-1.
Southern Utah came out with a slightly altered lineup and senior Kirsten Hostetler in the circle and put together an offensive performance that was reminiscent of Friday’s game with Wagner.
The Thunderbirds opened the scoring in the first with three runs on three hits including a two-RBI double from the red hot Morgan Leonard. Down 3-0, the Braves answered in a big way in the top of the second. They combined for seven runs on seven hits, taking a four-run lead and knocking Hostetler out of the game. Hanna Wynn would replace her in the circle, making her third relief appearance of the season.
The Thunderbirds never lost hope and responded in a big way in the following innings. They used four doubles, three singles, and two walks to put up a combined seven runs in the second and third innings. Leonard picked up her third and fourth RBIs of the game bringing her weekend total to nine. Kendall Kapitzke also added three RBIs to her total including a two-RBI double down the left field line in the third.
Now leading 10-7, Wynn really settled in and shut down the Braves as the Thunderbirds cruised to their second victory of the weekend. She picked up her second win of the season, giving up just six hits and no walks during her 5.1 innings of relief. Leonard, Kapitzke, and Sarah Murphy finished a combined eight for nine offensively for the Thunderbirds. Kapitzke was four for four with two singles and two doubles.
Coming Up Next
In a quick turnaround, the Thunderbirds will be back in action on Tuesday at home against Southern Illinois. The Salukis are coming off of a weekend at the UNLV Rebel Classic where they picked up wins over the Rebels and the Portland State Vikings. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 2:00 p.m.
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