SAVAGE, MINN. (APRIL 3, 2014) – The Cougar softball team responded well after dropping three straight games heading into Thursday’s doubleheader with Concordia-St. Paul. USF followed up their game one 6-4 victory with an 8-0 shutout in the day’s final game. The Cougars received impressive performances at the plate from Erin Scott and Kellen Dewey as Scott finished the day batting 0.667 with two RBIs while Dewey batted 0.714 while recording three RBIs.
With the two wins the Cougars improve to 17-7 on the season and 5-3 in league play while Concordia-St. Paul falls to 9-19 this year with a 4-4 record in NSIC play. USF 6, Concordia-St. Paul 4
The Cougars took control early in game one as they jumped out to a six-run lead by the top of the 5th inning. However, the Golden Bears made a late run by scoring four unanswered runs, but it was too little too late as USF held on for a 6-4 win. USF got on the board first as a Betsy Thomas single to right field brought home Erin Scott to put the Cougars up by one-run.
The Cougars increased their lead in the 2nd inning when Kellen Dewey stole home base while the Golden Bears catcher made the throw to the pitcher to give USF a 2-0 lead.
Leading off the 3rd inning for the Cougars, Betsy Thomas sent the ball deep as her two-run homer put USF up by three runs. Thomas finished the game going 3-of-4 at the plate with two RBIs.
The 5th inning proved to be the most productive inning offensively for the Cougars as back-to-back doubles by Kellen Dewey and Taylor Jonas brought in three runs for the Cougars. Dewey ended the game going 3-of-4 at the plate with two RBIs.
USF seemed in control heading into the final inning with a 6-1 lead, but the Golden Bears made things interesting late when they allowed CU to get within two runs. An Alicia Meiser single to centerfield got things started as the hit allowed Emily Shinn to score for Concordia-St. Paul. Later in the inning a Becca Roth single allowed Meiser to cross the plate and bring the Golden Bears within one-run.
After a wild pitch brought CU within one run of USF, the winning run for the Golden Bears stepped to the plate. However, Amanda Walters put an end to the comeback by Concordia-St. Paul as she stuck out Navarae Honoroff to close out the game.
Amanda Walters picked up her 12th win of the season as she struck out 11 CU batters in 7.0 innings on the mound. The Sioux Falls native only gave up nine hits and four earned runs.
Linzy Heim was charged with the loss as she gave up 12 hits and 6 earned runs in 5.0 innings.
The Cougars scored their six runs on fourteen hits and five RBIs while committing zero errors.
USF 8, Concordia-St. Paul 0 (5 Innings)
USF carried the momentum over from game one as game two ended in five innings thanks to the Cougars building an eight-run lead.
The Cougars got things going at the plate early as Erin Scott sent the first pitch of the game the distance as her home run put USF up 1-0.
Even more offense showed up in the top of the second for USF as they recorded a five-run inning. A Kellen Dewey single down the right field line brought home Shae Hoskins to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Dewey finished the second game of the doubleheader by going 2-of-3 at the plate with two RBIs.
USF then got quality hits in three straight at bats when singles by Hayley Keiser and Erin Scott paired with a Shannon Daly two-run homer put the Cougars up by five runs heading into the third. Scott finished the game by going a perfect 2-of-2 at the plate with two RBIs.
The Cougars tacked on two more insurance runs in the third inning as a Taylor Jonas single to left field brought home Shae Hoskins and Bailey Bouman for USF.
Bouman claimed the shutout win for the Cougars as she gave up only one hit in her 5.0 innings pitched. Bouman also struck out seven Concordia-St. Paul batters.
The loss was credited to Teona Zepeda who gave up six hits and six earned runs in two innings pitched for the Golden Bears.
The Cougars scored their eight runs off of nine hits and eight RBIs while committing zero errors.
The Cougars will return this action when they play host to Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State this weekend at Sherman Park. First pitch in the Cougars doubleheader on Saturday is set for 1 p.m. while the matchup with St. Cloud State on Sunday has a start time of 12 p.m.