Softball wins two against WMU, TU; falls to SU, USF, LMU at Invitational

The UCA Bears softball team traveled to Clearwater, Fla. last weekend and played in the University of South Florida—Under Armour Invitational, where it won two of five games.

The first game of the series saw the Bears (8-14) lose to No. 20 Stanford University (17-5).

The Cardinals were backed by a strong performance by freshman pitcher Madi Schreyer (12-2), who went six and one-third innings. She struck out six, walked three and gave up two runs with one being earned.

Stanford scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning on three hits.

It padded its lead in the top of the seventh inning on two hits and one error.

The second game of the series saw the No. 23 University of South Florida beat UCA 10-1.

The Bulls moved ahead by three runs when sophomore catcher Lee Ann Spivey hit a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning to bring the score to 3-0.

USF scored three more runs in the bottom of the second inning on a home run by senior shortstop Kourtney Salvarola to bring the score to 6-0.

The Bulls scored two more runs during the inning on a fielding error by sophomore centerfiedler Amy Gunnells.

The Bulls’ final runs were scored in the bottom of the fourth on one hit and one error.

The third game of the series saw the Bears beat the Western Michigan University Broncos 1-0 Saturday.

The fourth game of the series saw UCA beat Temple University (2-8) 11-3 on Saturday.

UCA jumped to a 5-0 lead when junior shortstop Hayley Parker was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Freshman right fielder Briana Whisenhunt scored the first run of the game.

Then sophomore Sam Forrest hit a grand slam.

TU scored its first run when senior third baseman Devynne Nelons hit a home run to center field.

UCA added four more runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 9-1.

The Owls scored two more runs in the top of the fifth when junior designated hitter Julia Kastner hit a home run to make the score 9-3.

In the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, the Bears added two runs to make the final score 11-3.

Sophomore second baseman Sarah Bigej gave some keys to the win.

“We had great starting pitching by junior Kylee Studioso,” she said. “We limited our strike outs and got base hits.”

UCA lost to the Loyola Marymount University Lions (8-8) 5-1 on March 2.

The Bears scored their lone run of the game on an error by LMU junior second baseman Sterling Shuster, allowing the runners to advance and Whisenhunt scored.

The Lions’ first runs came off a home run by freshman left fielder Amanda Dirks, which brought home freshman center fielder Ander Lopez to bring the score to 3-1 in LMU’s favor.

The Lions scored again in the bottom of the fifth off a single and twice in the bottom of the sixth off of a single and a double to make the score final 5-1.

The Bears will travel to Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi to play the Islanders in a three game series starting March 7.

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