LACEY, WA — Managing to recover from a rocky start to their Sunday afternoon doubleheader, the Simon Fraser University softball team pulled out a gutsy 5-4 win to salvage a split with Saint Martin's University. Playing just five innings in their series opener due to the mercy rule and losing 12-4, SFU got off to a rapid offensive start in their follow up, while freshman Anissa Zacharczukpitched her first complete game.
With two hits and four RBI, Courtney de Adder had a tremendous weekend, while Alex Ogg was also a difference maker with six hits and three RBI.
Improving their road weekend to 2-2, the Clan are now 8-21 overall and 3-15 in GNAC games, now tied with Montana State Billings University for seventh-place in the conference.
Game 1 | SFU 4, SMU 12
There was no shortage of action to kick off the afternoon, as both teams squeezed in plenty of runs into the abbreviated contest.
SFU's first batter, Kate Fergusson, found herself on third base early after a double and a subsequent wild pitch, but she was then caught attempting to steal home plate. Coming up empty in the top of the inning, the Saints took over and scored four runs to create an early deficit.
Although DeAdder made it a contest with a triple that scored two runs in the top of the third, 2-4 was as close as the Clan would come. In the bottom of the fourth, SFU committed two errors and allowed six runs on six hits to effectively end their hopes of a comeback.
Alex Ogg hit a solo homer in the fifth, which was followed by another RBI from De Adder, but a pair of runs for the Saints in the bottom of the inning was enough for the mercy victory.
Pitching three innings before being relieved by Zacharczuk, sophomore Jessica Fasolini took the loss as pitcher, giving up 11 hits and nine runs in 21 at-bats.
Game 2 | SFU 5, SMU 4
Amanda Janes got SFU on the scoreboard during her first at-bat, hitting a single shot that scored Alex Ogg. Followed up by an RBI for DeAdder, Bonnie Whitford made her way home on a fielder's choice to give the team a 2-0 lead after the top of the first.
While the Saints cut into the lead with a single run to close out the first, the narrow Clan lead held on until bottom of the fourth when SMU tied the game.
Alex Ogg then continued her strong afternoon with a single up the middle for an RBI that scored Hailey Gearey. In the seventh, she made another big offensive play as a single turned into two more runs, thanks to a fielding error.
Despite a home run to open the seventh inning, SMU was only able to come up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh before the Clan made a routine catch in right field to secure the win with two runners stranded.
Staying on the mound for all seven innings, Zacharczuk was credited with her second win of the season, allowing 10 hits to 27 batters.
Up Next | Simon Fraser's lengthy road swing continues on Tuesday with the team's border battle against the Western Washington University Vikings in another doubleheader.