Softball wins close match at Memorial Park

 

Senior pitcher Keely Shuler pitches a complete game to help the Huskies win their fifth game of the season.| CHRISTOPHER JAMES

Senior pitcher Keely Shuler pitches a complete game to help the
Huskies win their fifth game of the season.| By CHRISTOPHER JAMES

The softball team broke a three game losing streak and redeemed their last loss against Texas Southern University with a 3-2 victory over the Lady Tigers at Memorial Park March 5.

The Huskies scored all of their runs in the third inning with the bases loaded after freshman left fielder Kirsten Schwirtlich was hit by a pitch that advanced the runners, scoring the first run of the game. Shortly after, sophomore first baseman Melissa Herman hit a two RBI single scoring junior right fielder Rebecca Rademacher and junior center fielder Lauren Schwirtlich, increasing the lead to 3-0.

Herman said she wanted to put pressure on TSU’s defense.

“I was just trying to get a good look at the pitch in order to get the ball in play,” Herman said. “As a team we pulled together and were fortunate to hold on for the win.”

The 3-0 advantage was enough of a lead for senior pitcher Keely Shuler, who completed her first complete game of the season allowing six hits, two earned runs, one walk and two strike outs.

Shuler commended her teammates and said she tried to concentrate on getting strikes.

“I just focused on hitting my spots,” Shuler said. “I trusted my catcher and all the girls behind me, which helped me finish the game.”

The Tigers answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly ball that scored a runner from third. TSU senior pitcher Rebecca Villarreal, who was coming off her first no-hitter against UH-Victoria the week before, settled down after the third inning allowing only one hit for the rest of the game.

The Tigers decreased the Huskies lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning when senior right fielder Jessica Hayes hit a solo homer.

With a one run lead, the Huskies committed an error that put the tying run at second base. Shuler held on to the win and her complete game when junior shortstop Princess Daniels grounded out to finish the game.

Huskies head coach Mary-Ellen Hall said it was a huge victory on the road and an important win before playing this weekend.

“It was a hard fought win,” Hall said. “It may not have been our prettiest, but it was a determined effort by the team.”

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