Softball Splits Defensive Battle

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Just a combined three runs were scored in two games as the Pirates split with Concordia University (TX), winning game one 1-0 before falling 2-0 in game two.

Game one started out with the pitchers dominating, but quickly both teams were able to put runners one, testing the defenses. Concordia threatened in the third inning, loading the bases with two outs, but Lauren Zearfoss got Parish to fly out to left field to end the threat.

Southwestern struggled to get things going offensively until things started clicking in the top of the sixth. A pair of singles by Amanda Ambrose and Tessa Galloway put runners in scoring position with no outs. Ambrose got caught in a run down on a missed bunt by pinch hitter Kayla Irvin for the first out of the inning. After a walk to Irvin Kaitlyn Pavlicek's hit a line drive to third for the second out an the Tornados were able to double-off Kady Freshour at first to get out of the inning unscathed.

After a quick bottom half of the inning Southwestern picked up where they left off offensively. Haley Hughes kicked things off with a double to right center. Kaylee Kucharski laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move pinch runner Linsay Biggers to third. Ashleigh Scott reached on a fielder's choice and Karen Ramirez (pictured) drove in the eventual game winner with a single that dropped between second base and center field, allowing Biggers to score the only run of the game.

Zearfoss scattered five hits and allowed no runs while walking two and striking out six to earn her third win of the season. Moreno garnered the loss.

Game two took on the same tone as the game remained scoreless through the first four innings. Southwestern consistently put base runners on, but weren't able to push them around. Concordia took advantage of a Pirate error following a lead off single in the fifth and followed with two more singles to take a 2-0 lead through five.

The Pirates had chances to score in the first and sixth innings, but perfect throws from the Tornados' outfielders to home kept the Pirates off the board.

Lyndsy Maus suffered her second loss of the season allowing two runs, one earned, seven hits while striking out four and walking none. Kucharski and Irvin each went 2-3 in game two to lead the Pirates.

SU moves to 4-3 on the season and remain on the road to face a tough UT Tyler team on Sunday.

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