The Falcon softball team swept the Raiders at Meserve Tuesday and then split a doubleheader with the Zips on Saturday. The Falcons had a better week hitting wise while pitching improved. This led to them having a better week on the diamond overall. Record wise, the Falcons improved to 20-28.
Tuesdays game against the Raiders ended with a 10-4 win. In the first, the Raiders struck early, taking a 2-0 lead. Although the Raiders maintained a 3-1 lead through the third, then held a 4-4 tie, the bats came alive for the Falcons in the bottom of the sixth. Six runs were scored with Sarah Gonzalez, Alex Sorgi, Kendyl Wheeler, Kellie Natham and Evelyn Loyola all batting in runs with doubles and singles. Meredith Miller was the winning pitcher, while Olivia Otani would suffer the loss for the Raiders.
Game two consisted of a 4-2 win for the Falcons. Early in the first, Alex scored on a wild pitch while Loyola batted in Payton Hamm for an early 2-0 lead. Furthermore, the Raiders would tag on two after the first, keeping the score 2-2 until the bottom of the sixth. Hamm singled to left batting in Alex with Natham lining out to center field with Taylor Blevins scoring. Brooke Parker would have the win for the Falcons, while Makenna Durieux would suffer the loss.
The first game against the Zips on Saturday focused mostly on pitching. The Zips scored one in the first, the Falcons would score a pair in the bottom half with Nikki Sorgi batting in Madi McCoy and Hamm. In the fifth, the Zips would tie the game making it 2-2 forcing extra innings. Eventually, the Falcons would score in the 10th inning with a McCoy single and Madeline Dyer scoring, winning 3-2. Miller was the winning pitcher, while Adrian Smith suffered the loss.
Saturday’s second game consisted of a 5-1 loss. In the first, the Falcons would score on a Payton Hamm groundout to second, advancing Alex to score the first run. Unfortunately, that was the only run for the Falcons while the Zips would score five runs in the third and fourth inning.Two of the runs for the Zips were scored with stolen bases, sending runners on third base home. Mikayla Newland of the Zips would receive the win, while Parker of the Falcons would suffer the loss.
The next time the Falcons take the field will be when they play a doubleheader at Meserve on Tuesday against Cleveland State. They will then finish on the road at Kent State before the MAC Tournament.