Softball changes momentum, outscores Dayton 16-3 in weekday series

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SLU Softball saw action over the weekend, traveling to Philadelphia for a three-game set against the Saint Joseph Hawks. SLU went 1-2 on the weekend, winning the first doubleheader game on Saturday, March 24.

In the first game, SLU struck early in the first inning, scoring off an RBI single from senior center fielder Mackenzie Peter and a bases-loaded walk by senior catcher Hailey Weavers.

Junior third-baseman Allie Macfarlane led off the third inning with a solo homer, putting SLU up 3-0.

The Hawks scored three to tie, but junior pitcher Maddie Baalman worked out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the score tied.

SLU scored five in the sixth inning. The first run scored on a throwing error, followed by a Macfarlane three-run shot. SLU added an insurance run off Weavers’ RBI single, clinching the 8-3 victory.

In the second game, the Hawks scored three runs in the first, four in the second and two in the third. SLU did not score in the 9-0 loss.

On Sunday, March 25, SLU faced Saint Joseph in the final game of the series. SLU again jumped out 1-0 early in the first inning off an RBI single from junior first baseman Alyssa Tarquinio. However, the Hawks tied the game in the third and later hit two home runs to clinch the 5-1 victory.

SLU hosted Dayton in an A-10 matchup on Wednesday, March 29. SLU used two first-inning rallies to sweep Dayton.

In the first game, Macfarlane started the party with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Peter doubled the margin on a three RBI double in the second, followed by a two-out RBI double by senior shortstop Alex Nickel in the third and an RBI single by Macfarlane in the sixth. SLU took game 1 8-2.

Another big first inning put SLU on top 5-0. Macfarlane drew a bases-loaded walk, Tarquinio drove in two off a single, Weavers doubled a run in and sophomore second baseman Mackenzie Lawson hit a sacrifice fly.

After Dayton got one of the runs back in the second, Lawson and junior left fielder Josie Knesel scored on throwing errors in the fourth. Knesel plated an insurance run in the sixth off a double-steal attempt. SLU took game 2, 8-1.

SLU travels to Rhode Island for another three-game  A-10 conference series Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2.