The UCA softball team (20- 29, 9-11 SLC) dropped two of three games to Houston Baptist University (16-23, 10-11 SLC) last weekend. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Huskies struck first, scoring four runs in the top of the second inning.
HBU freshman designated hitter Alyssa Burnett tripled to right field and senior right fielder Victoria Granchelli scored.
Senior second baseman Daniella Rodarte doubled to shortstop and Burnett scored.
Senior center fielder Lauren Schwirtlich doubled to left field and Rodarte scored.
Sophomore third baseman Shay Orsak doubled to left field and Schwirtlich scored.
After two innings, the score was 4-0.
The Bears answered in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore second baseman Sarah Bigej tripled down the right field line.
Sophomore third baseman Sam Forest and freshman outfielder Hannah Stirton scored off the triple making the score 4-2.
HBU added to its lead when they scored two more runs in the top of the sixth.
Junior pitcher Kylee Studioso threw 139 pitches, faced 39 batters and earned six runs in the loss.
Huskies senior pitcher Kendall Stiefel pitched three innings, threw 48 pitches, faced 30 batters and had no hits or runs.
The second game of the doubleheader had no score until the fifth inning.
HBU scored one run in the top of the fifth inning and two runs in the top of the sixth.
Schwirtlich grounded to second base and Rodarte scored in the fifth.
Burnett doubled to right center and sophomore shortstop Kristen Schwirtlich scored. Burnett also scored off a wild pitch.
Bigej advanced to third on a wild pitch and Stirton scored.
Freshman right fielder Briana Whisenhunt singled to left field and Bigej scored.
Heading into the seventh inning, the score was 3-2 with HBU leading.
The Huskies scored two more runs in the seventh inning.
Orsak singled to right field and Granchelli scored.
Kristen singled to left center and Orsak scored.
UCA wasn’t able to score in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Huskies a 5-2 win.
The Bears headed into the series final game down 0-2.
HBU scored one run in the first inning and didn’t score again.
Kristen hit a home run to center field.
The Bears tied it up at 1-1 in the third inning.
Bigej doubled to left center and Forrest scored.
Junior first baseman Ashley Boswell tripled down the right field line and earned three RBI’s. Senior designated hitter Taylor Dear, Whisenhunt and Bigej scored off of the Boswell triple.
Heading in the sixth inning, UCA was up 5-1.
Dear singled to shortstop and Forrest scored the game’s final run.
The Bears came out with one win in the three game series. Dear said everything came together following the two disappointing losses.
“I think we really came together as a team and pulled through when it mattered,” she said. “We had great pitching by [Kylee] Studioso and good hitting throughout the game. It was really a team effort to come back from the disappointment of losing two [games]Thursday.”
UCA will start a series against the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals (19-26, 5-10 SLC) this weekend.
This is UIW’s first season as a Division I softball team.
The team has a batting average of .283.
Opponents are hitting at .344 against the Cardinals.
UIW has a fielding percentage of .939.
UCA has a .267 team batting average.
Opponents are hitting .300 against the Bears.
The Bears ace, Studioso, has pitched 124 innings with an ERA of 3.61.
She also has a win-loss record over .500 at 12-8.
Forrest will play an important role in the game as she leads UCA in slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases, total plate appearances and at bats.
Another important player will be Bigej who leads the team in on base percentage, walks, hit by pitches, sacrifice flies and fielding double plays.
The Cardinals are getting outscored by their opponents in every inning except the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
UIW is currently on a one- game losing streak, with their longest losing sreak of the season being six games.
The Cardinals are at their best when they hold their opponent to three runs.
They are 7-2 in those games.
UCA has committed 70 errors this season.
This will be the first meeting between the teams this season and as of right now the teams aren’t scheduled to meet in 2015.
The Bears are heading into this series on a one-game winning streak and have a winning percentage of 40.8 percent this season.