SIUE softball finished off their sweep against Eastern Illinois University with two late 5-4 wins Tuesday night at Cougar Field.
In the first game, the Cougars had a big comeback. In the final inning, after trailing throughout the entire game, they scored four for the 5-4 win over the 28-12 Panthers.
Head Coach Sandy Montgomery said the Cougars were slow to start, but finally came up big by the end.
“I was kind of disappointed with our intensity early in game one, and the kids kind of turned it around and made some things happen,” Montgomery said.
The win was clinched by a series of four hits for SIUE in the seventh and a walk-off came from a single from sophomore Kalei Kaneshiro.
The Cougars’ only other run in the game came from an RBI double from freshman shortstop Alana Cobb-Adams in the fifth to bring in pinch runner senior Talisa Morton.
Sophomore pitcher Emily Ingles pitched the complete game for SIUE with four strikeouts to pick up her 11th win. The Cougars had eight total hits in the game to the Panthers’ nine.
“Eastern has been playing well. They have good pitching and swing the bats well. We’re happy with these two wins,” Montgomery said.
Game two brought just as much excitement and came down to the final inning once again.
The second win was clinched by a passed ball from EIU’s pitcher in an intentional walk attempt with two outs in the seventh.
Cobb-Adams was on third base and immediately broke for the plate when the ball was thrown away, just barely avoiding the tag at home.
Cobb-Adams, who went three for three in the game, also came up big in the fifth to break open the scoring with a two-run homerun. It was her first as a Cougar.
“I recently just started swinging way harder because that’s what we’re trying to work on — being aggressive and swinging as hard as you can. It seems to be working,” Cobb-Adams said.
Before Cobb-Adams’ home run, the score was tied 1-1 from the teams’ traded runs in the first inning. EIU attempted a comeback in the sixth and seventh innings by tacking on a few more runs, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Cougars’ offensive rallies that eventually won them the game.
Sophomore catcher Sydney Bina contributed both offensively and defensively with three singles throughout the day that helped out the Cougars’ run count.
“We’ve been working hard at practice and [have] been doing some changes with my swing for a while, and something just clicked recently,” Bina said.
The Cougars continued their busy week with another game against Saint Louis University last night.
Despite their efforts, SIUE wasn’t able to come up with enough runs in the 0-1 loss.
They will continue their home stand Saturday, April 21 against Jacksonville State University and Sunday, April 22 against Tennessee Tech University.