Women’s Softball Defeats UMass 2-3 in Weekend Series

Saint Louis Softball hosted UMass for a three-game series over the weekend (March 26 and 27). Entering the game, the Billikens had a 9-11 overall record and 1-1 A-10 record compared to Massachusetts’ 7-15 overall record and  2-0 A-10 record. 

   Chloe Wendling would pitch the entirety of the first game facing 32 batters while earning three strikeouts, one walk and nine hits, so UMass only scored three runs for the first game. 

   Offensively, the Billikens would hold a .385 batting average for the game with four combined home runs coming from Allie Herron and Sadie Wise, and two from Cami Newbanks. Gabbie Kowalik, Natalie Sullivan, Jocelyn Abbott and Jane Kaniecki would also achieve on-base hits, helping the women score a 9-3 victory.

   The start of game two would begin with UMass getting a head start, with a 6-2 lead by the bottom of the fourth inning. Pitching for the Bills would be Taylor Hochman, who earned three strikeouts. By the bottom of the sixth inning, Wise, Newbanks and Kowalik scored a combined three home runs. SLU was down 11-10 with one inning left. The Minute Women had a successful inning, scoring five runs and ending the game with a 16-10 win against the Billikens. 

   The third game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Kowalik rocketed the ball out of left field, scoring a home run to lead 1-0. Wendling then took the mound, which kept the minute women scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when they got a base hit and got a runner in. The score tied 1-1 at the bottom of the fourth. At the bottom of the fifth inning, the Billikens took the win with the help of Sullivan, again scoring a home run. The Billikens won the series 2-1, increasing their record to 11-14 overall and 3-2 in the A-10 conference.