William Woods Softball Splits with Cal State San Marcos
FULTON, MO -- The William Woods softball team started off their California trip 1-1, as they fell to No. 1 pre-season ranked Cal State San Marcos 2-0, however, the team got their offense going in game two, and went on for the 7-2 victory.
It was a pitching duel in game one between Owls hurler Mackenzie Bowden and Cougar starter Cortney Allen, as there was no score through two innings. In the bottom of the third inning, Caylyn Rodriguez led the inning off with an infield single for CSSM.
Next up was Alex Miller, and she reached base on an error by first baseman Kristy Pluchinski, putting runners on first and second. Bowden, however, wasn't fazed as she got the 2-3 hitters of Kaitlin McGinley and Patricia Banda to pop out and strike-out, getting two big outs.
Then, after a wild-pitch by Bowden that allowed the runners to move up a base, and a walk to #4 hitter Olivia Lucatuorto, Brogan Hoenisch hit a single to right field scoring two runs and giving Cal State San Marcos a 2-0 lead after three innings.
The pitchers on both sides continued to halt the offenses for the next two innings. Then, in the top of the sixth inning, WWU got their offense going as Lauren Lopes started the inning off with an infield single, which she was then pinch-ran for by Sam Parsons. Right fielder Sydnae Hatton came to the plate and hit another infield single, giving the Owls runners on first and second.
The top of the order was up and Shelby LeCuru looked to do some damage, however, she grounded out to third, but that did allow both runners to advance to second and third with only one down. #2 hitter Ashley DePew was up next and she flew out to left field, but the ball didn't go deep enough so the runners had to stay. Illissa Facchini looked to tie the game, but she ended up grounding out to end the inning and the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, Tani Leasau reached on a walk with one out, and after Bowden got Tayler Ybarra to strike out, Melyssa Bellamy hit a double to left-center, however Leasau was thrown out at third, keeping the Owls down two runs.
The Owls needed to score in the seventh and pinch-hitter Macy Wierschem led off with a single, and the 5-6-7 hitters of Lindsey LeCuru, Pluchinski and Kacey Scharnhorst to follow. Allen who has been dominate all day on the mound, bared down and got LeCuru to strike out. Pluchinski had better luck and singled to left, putting the tying run on first.
Scharnhorst headed to the plate next and reached base on fielders' choice, however, Wierschem was out at third, and the Cougars got the second out. Lopes looked to keep the team alive and did just that, hitting a single to left, loading up the bases for pinch-hitter Megan Cooper. Allen, however, was able to keep her shut-out intact as she struck out Cooper to end the game.
Bowden did her best shutting down the #1 Cal State San Marcos, as the junior hurler threw six innings of six hit ball, allowing two runs and striking out six. Lopes led the way offensively going 2-for-3 at the plate. In her complete game outing, Allen allowed six hits as well and struck out eight Owl batters.
Game two again became a pitching show as the Owls put Becca Schemmer on the hill, while the Cougars countered with Cortney Allen for the second consecutive game. Through four innings of play, the game was scoreless and there was a total of five hits, three for William Woods and two for Cal State San Marcos.
Things started to get interesting for the Owls in the top of the fifth, as Lauren Lopes reached on an error and Sydnae Hatton hit an infield single, giving the team runners on first and second with nobody out. Shelby LeCuru came to the plate and reached on a fielders' choice, however, Parsons who pinch-ran for Lopes was out at third.
Still one out, WWU had runners on first and second, with Scharnhorst strolling to the plate. However, Scharnhorst flied out to left and Facchini grounded out to third ending the inning and the Owls chance to take their first lead of the day.
In the bottom of the fifth, Alex Miller broke the shut-out by hitting a solo home run to left field, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Schemmer was able to settle down after the home run and able to close out the inning, keeping the deficit just one run.
In the top of the sixth, Lindsey LeCuru led the inning off with a single and advanced to second base after a Wierschem ground-out to first. Pluchinski was up next and she singled, moving L. LeCuru, putting the tying run on third and leading run on first.
Ashley DePew looked to tie the game for the Owls and she reached on a fielders' choice, which allowed L. LeCuru to score and Pluchinski to advance to second, tying the game up 1-1 and still only one down. Allen was finally forced from the game after allowing the tying run, bringing in reliever Jourdan Lamoreux.
Lauren Lopes was the first batter to face Lamoreux and she was hit-by-pitch, loading up the bases for pinch-hitter Sicht. The sophomore infielder made contact and reached on a fielders' choice, scoring Emily Murphy whom pinch-ran for Pluchinski. On the play, DePew was out at third, so that left the Owls with runners on first and second with two outs, but were holding a 2-1 lead, their first of the day.
S. LeCuru gave the Owls more breathing room, as she singled to right field, scoring Hatton, extending the lead to 3-1, however, Shelby advanced to second on an error by right fielder Patricia Banda, scoring Lopes from third, giving WWU some much needed breathing room at 4-1.
The hit parade didn't stop there as Scharnhorst got in on the action, singling to center field, scoring S. LeCuru, making the score 5-1 and forcing another pitching change for the Cougars, as they brought in Katie Wilkinson.
Next, Illissa Facchini reached on an error by short-stop Melyssa Bellamy the teams' fourth of the game, keeping the rally going for William Woods. #4 hitter Lindsey LeCuru singled to left, moving Facchini to second and Scharnhorst to third, but an error by left-fielder Kaitlin McGinley allowed both runners to score and advance L. LeCuru to third, giving the Owls a 7-1 advantage.
The Cougars were finally able to get out of the inning, as Wilkinson got Wierschem to ground out. The damage was already done, as the team scored seven runs on five hits, helped out by three errors by CSSM.
Cal State San Marcos bats came out swinging in the bottom of the sixth, with Tani Leasau leading of with a double to left. After Schemmer got Melyssa Bellamy to ground out, Tayler Ybarra got one of those runs back with a single of her own, scoring Leasau cutting the lead to 7-2. Schemmer got Caylyn Rodriguez to ground out, but gave up another single to Alex Miller, giving the Cougars two runners on with two outs.
Bowden who pitched the previous game, came in to relieve Schemmer who pitched a gem, and was able to get Kaitlin McGinley to ground out ending the inning. Becca Schemmer the Huntsville, Mo., native went five and two/thirds innings pitched, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out one.
The Owls were able to shut-down the #1 Cougars in the seventh and go on for the upset 7-2 victory. Lindsey and Shelby LeCuru led the way on offense combining to go 5-for-9, while Schemmer gets her second win on the season.
The teams' record moves to 3-5 on the season and will be back in action on Wednesday against Vanguard University. First-pitch is set to be thrown at 2:00 p.m. (4 p.m. Central).