LeCuru Helps Owls Split With No. 17 Union
JACKSON, TN -- Sophomore Lindsey LeCuru picked up three hits across two games as the William Woods University softball team picked up a split at no. 17 Union University on Friday.
The Owls were 2-1 winners in the season opener for both teams, before falling 2-3 in the second game.
MacKenzie Bowden scattered four hits and struck out five in the winning effort for the Owls.
LeCuru led off the top of the third, cracking a double to right center, advancing to third on a sacrifice by Ashley DePew. Kelsey Schulte drove in LeCuru with a single to right, scoring herself later in the inning following a wild pitch and an RBI single from Nicole Hamdorf.
Union was able to grab one run back in the bottom of the third, but the Owls were able to hold off the nationally-ranked Bulldogs, retiring the side in order in the fourth, sixth and seventh, allowing just one hit in the bottom of the fifth.
Bowden was efficient in the outing, allowing just one walk and needing just 83 pitches through seven innings.
In the second game, it was Union who would threaten first, putting runners in scoring position in the bottom of the second, but Becca Schemmer was able to get Katie Beth Fesmire to fly out to center to get out of the jam.
In the top of the fifth, William Woods opened the scoring as Kacey Scharnhorst took advantage of a bobble by the Bulldog rightfielder on her single, scampering to third before Union could corral the throw. Facchini drove Scharnhorst in with a single to right, eventually scoring courtesy of a passed ball.
The Owls worked out of a jam in the bottom of the fifth to preserve the lead, but were unable to stretch the lead in the top of the sixth - stranding two - or the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, Union pulled one back with the leadoff batter, as Stephanie Saunders fouled off four pitches before driving a solo shot deep to center field. Jenyce Spence singled to follow up before a walk to DeShuni Sanders, but Schemmer looked to settle down, striking out Fesmire and forcing Kohnley Wade to pop up to third.
The Owls weren't able to finish the game out, as an error by LeCuru allowed Spence to score, with a wild pitch plating the winning run.
Schemmer allowed just six hits and struck out four.
Due to inclement weather, Saturday's scheduled doubleheader against Freed-Hardeman University has been canceled. The Owls will return to action next Friday in Batesville, Ark., traveling to Lyon University for tournament action. First up for WWU is a 9 a.m. game against Ashland University.