Cougars Split Spring Break Finale
The University of Sioux Falls softball team split its final
spring break double-header on Saturday morning. The Cougars (5-9) knocked
off Alderson Broaddus College, 4-3, in their first game, but dropped the
nightcap, 4-0, to the New York Institute of Technology. Both games were played
at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.
Bailey Bouman was the winning
pitcher of record in game one and also led the way for the USF offense. The
junior went 2-for-3, including the game-winning RBI single and scored a run.
She posted her third straight win in the circle, allowing three runs (one
earned) on five hits in seven innings. Bouman notched one strikeout and issued
a single base one balls.
Her Battler counterpart, Alderson Broaddus senior Hannah Whitney, tossed a solid complete game in defeat. Whitney gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts and four walks.
Alderson Broaddus opened scoring in the top of the second when an error by the Cougar second baseman plated a runner, who had reached the hot corner on a lead-off double and a sacrifice, respectively. Bouman induced a comeback to the mound to end the inning.
On swing of the bat from senior Katie Larson evened things up, though, in the bottom of the frame when the USF shortstop knocked a two-out, RBI base hit to left center with two Cougar on base to plate Bouman who reached on an infield single. Erin Scott belted a left field base hit to left that put that Cougars in front 2-1 after two innings.
A first baseman’s hiccup allowed the Battlers to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the third and the Cougars regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth with Shelby Thompson’s two-out hard ground ball to the outfield. Bouman induced three straight fly-outs in the bottom of the fourth to send the Battlers down in order.
Shannon Daly led off the bottom of the fifth for USF and reached first base on a shortstop error. The Cougars made two quick outs before Bouman’s infield single scored pinch runner Brooke Stetzler to extend the advantage to 4-2.
Alderson Broaddus cut the deficit to one run on a sixth inning catching error in the sixth and made things interesting in the seventh, sparked by Bouman’s lead-off error that put a runner at first. A fielder’s choice prevented the runner from advancing but the Battlers followed with a single and a sacrifice that put runners at the corners with two outs. Bouman took care of the matter herself, striking out the final batter in a seven-pitch battle.
“Bails definitely came up clutch,” said head coach Travis Lape. “She came in and held serve and got us out of a tight spot, and picking up the game winning ribbie was the icing on the cake.”
USF’s game with NYIT (4-1) was a pitcher’s duel through six innings. NYIT capitalized on a USF defensive miscue in the bottom of the sixth for its first run of the game. The Bears scored another run on a fielder’s choice to double their lead before and an error in the outfield accounted for the final two runs in the stanza.
The shell-shocked Cougars went down 1-2-3 in the seventh and the game ended when the No. 3 hitter was caught looking.
Amanda Walters took the loss for USF and was charged with four runs (one earned) on four hits. She racked up five strikeouts and did not issue a walk.
NYIT junior righthander Monet Ormsby tossed the complete game victory, scattering four hits with four K’s and a base on balls in seven scoreless innings.
Each team recorded four hits. Elliott Lenz went 2-for-2 for the Cougars, while Thompson and Larson each had a hit.
The Cougars are to host former rival Northwestern College on Tuesday in Sioux Falls. First pitch of the twinbill is slated for 5 p.m..