"Worldwide" Jeff McAdams with article today, in a swap with Case. He'll have the Sunday write-up. Let's hope the theme of winning stays the same.
Softball Swings for the Fences
The Cards got the scoring going early. Sidney Melton got it started with a walk, and then of course stole second, because that's just what she does. The throw to second was missed and the ball rolled out into the outfield, giving Melton enough time to pop up from her dive, and get the wheels spinning again to 3rd and slid between the catcher's legs to beat the throw at the plate for the first run. Megan Hensley, Taylor Roby, and Rebecca Chung all got walks, and then a passed ball let Hensley slip home for the 2nd run.
In the 2nd inning, Celene Funke beat the throw for an infield single, and then, well, yeah, she stole
2nd as well (do you really need me to confirm that Melton or Funke stole 2nd when they get on 1st at this point?). Then it was Melton's turn again. Just between us friends, she never should have swung at this ball, it was high and tight, and probably would've been called a ball, but Sid chased it upstairs, and with an awkward swing, not only made contact, but got some power behind it and took it past the left field fence. Funke and Melton both cross the plate on the shot making it 4-0.
The Salukis would get their bats unlimbered, though and score 2 in the 3rd inning, and 3 in the 4th to take the lead 5-4.
The Cards would answer that 5th run in the bottom of the 4th, though. Maddy Newman got an infield hit, advanced to 2nd on Caitlin Ferguson's sacrifice bunt, and then reached the plate on Funke's single. (OK, in the interest of fairness, Funke got caught out trying to steal 2nd to end the inning.)
The Cards would add one more in the bottom of the 6th. On two outs, Sid Melton got a single on a bunt, advanced to 2nd when Hensley got to take a stroll, they both would advance, and Taylor Roby reach first on a fielding error by the SIU shortstop. Rebecca Chung got the final RBI with a single that brought Melton home.
The Cards will play hosting Northwestern in the 1-0 game of the double-elimination Regional. SIU drops down to the elimination half of the bracket and will play Detroit Mercy who were on the losing side of the other first day game.
The schedule for the day is the 1-0 game between NU and UofL at 2 P.M.