Salem, WV - Salem International University softball was swept by West Virginia State University, 19-6 (5) and 7-2, Wednesday afternoon at Hope Field in Salem, WV.
The losses drop the Lady Tigers to 17-21-0 for the 2012 season. West Virginia State (rated #5 in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region) boosts their record to 36-11-0.
SIU freshman Megan Edgell (Piqua, OH) made the first home run of her career memorable, hitting a grand-slam in the bottom of the third inning. The four-run blast capped off a five-run inning and changed a 7-1 game into what was beginning to be a nail-biter.
Unfortunately for the home team, the visitors from Institute, WV had other plans. The Yellow Jackets answered the call, scoring seven in the fourth and five in the fifth in route to a 19-6 win in five innings.
Katie Mangold (Kearneysville, WV) gets the loss Salem, throwing all five and giving up 19 runs on 18 hits. Weinkauf picked up the win for WV-State.
Salem International jumped on the visitors early in the first game, scoring two runs in the first. Hayley Wilson (Lake Mary, FL) got the home team on the scoreboard first, hitting a one-out home-run past the left field fence. After Cady Ficarro (Elmira, NY) and Katie Mangold (Kearneysville, WV) walked, Edgell looked have grounded into a 6-3 double-play. However, a throwing error by the short stop allowed Edgell to reach safely and Ficarro to score, and the Lady Tigers took a 2-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets would, as in the first game, step to the challenge. Follow a pitching change, the Yellow Jackets went on to score seven unanswered runs on their way to a 7-2 victory and the sweep.
Lise Couturier (Orleans, ON, CN) threw all seven innings for SIU, giving up seven runs on nine hits. Pelegreen picked up the win, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up no runs and only 1 hit after being inserted in the top of the first.
Article posted on 2012-04-18 21:51:22