Weather allowing more consistent game days to happen than before. The EU annual Fillmore tournament was washed out but, we managed to get in a double-header this past weekend on Saturday against Cardinal Stritch University out of Wisconsin. We were able to put together two good games against CSU winning both 4-2 / 5-3. The highlight was consistent play of our defense & pitching supported with a clutch offensive performance for 14 innings. These were two good wins for our team!
Next up was a tri-match game day with EU, Williams Baptist College, and Central Baptist College. Both opponents very competitive squads with CBC getting votes for the top 25 national poll. Williams Baptist was our first game and was very scrappy bunch. Their offense puts the ball in play consistently forcing you to play defense. This turned out to be a slugfest game as neither team could stop the other offense. We traded runs for a while then Williams finally stopped our offense after going up on us 9-8, the final score. We out-hit Williams 15-8 with 3 home runs but they made some defensive plays on us that ended up being the difference. Tough one to lose but we fought well, and we must get more consistent defensive play & pitching.
Game 2 against CBC was one of the most dramatic endings in EU softball history. We came out a little flat early in the game getting down 4-0 early. We kept battling back but could never gain the lead until the end. A game that seemed lost going into the 7th saw an incredible ending. We were down 7-4 in the last frame. As the visiting team in the top of the 7th, CBC got two quick outs on us and it all seemed over as we could not get anything going. Down to our last out, Cassidy Gillihan managed to get on base with a single. Kasie Zukow & Kiara Carrier each followed with a walk to load the bases. Katie Lorenz then doubled scoring 2 runs to cut the lead to 7-6. Megan Washam then followed with a double off the centerfield wall scoring 2 more runs to give EU the lead 8-7. Rebel Robinson then smashed a single to score Washam to make it 9-7 EU. Then, CBC finally got a 3rd out ending the incredible 2 out rally, but not before EU scored 5 runs on 2 outs for the 9-7 lead. In the bottom of the 7th, CBC had last at-bat. EU starter Madison Barnes had a rough start, relieved by Desley Jett early to middle innings, then Madison reentered game and slammed the door to preserve the incredible comeback win. In the bottom of the 7th, Madison got 3 up, 3 down to win 9-7.
This comeback win & rally with 2 outs was the 2nd greatest comeback in EU softball history. The greatest comeback was 2005 season against top ranked Ok City in the bottom of the 7th, where EU scored 5 runs to win 6-5 after being down 5-1. Now the 2nd greatest comeback was against CBC with EU scoring 5 runs again with 2 outs to pull out the W 9-7. The ladies were simply outstanding & what an incredible win for this 2015 bunch!
Next up, we start conference season on Saturday March 21 against Peru State at the EU field. Game time 1:00 followed by game 2 at 3:00. Come out & support the Crusaders! Adios till next time.
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