Softball overcomes rough start to achieve nail-biting victory

Redshirt junior outfielder Alana Cobb-Adams races toward home plate during the Fall 2019 season opener against John A. Logan College

After a tough loss on Saturday, the Cougars ended their three-game series against SEMO with a win.  

The Cougars lost Saturday’s game 11-2. The game was played to five innings, with SIUE getting three hits compared to SEMO’s 15. However, the team returned with a new attitude on Sunday. 

The first game on Sunday proved to be a closer loss for SIUE. SEMO was winning 3-0 in the top of the third inning, but freshman utility player Ava Bieneman and redshirt junior outfielder Alana Cobb-Adams brought the score to 3-2 in the bottom of the third. However, SEMO scored once more in the fifth inning, ending the game in a SEMO win of 4-2. 

During the second game on Sunday, SIUE was up 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. However, in the sixth inning, SEMO scored two runs, bringing the score to 3-2. In the top of the seventh inning, SEMO scored two runs from one hit, which put them ahead of the Cougars 5-3. The Cougars came back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 5-5. The game went into an extra inning. In the bottom of the eighth inning, with bases loaded and two outs, Bieneman hit a single, allowing redshirt senior first baseman Zoe Schafer to score, ending the game 6-5.  

Head Coach Jessica Jones said SEMO always offers a fun challenge, but the Cougars were especially excited to play them at home.

“We’re excited to play them at home, obviously, in front of our fans, but the approach is very similar to a lot of our other games in the sense that we prepare ourselves for the game and we go off the scouting reports,” Jones said. “We try to tailor our offensive strategies to their pitchers, as well as our pitchers, some of their workouts, to our hitters … Overall we like to just take the name off the jersey and just play the game and put out a competitive atmosphere on the field.”

Jones said she was proud of how the team came back from Sunday. 

“[They were] two hard-fought games today. We had some ups and downs through both. We could’ve and should’ve won both games; however, they had fight. They had fight in both games, and I’m extremely proud of their fight in the second game,” Jones said. 

Redshirt senior pitcher Emily Ingles also said the team played with a sense of fight. 

“I think that we played with heart and we never lost fight, and that’s the most important thing, especially where we’re at right now — that we just keep fighting and keep winning for each other, and I think we did that today,” Ingles said.

Jones said the team’s freshmen played especially well. 

“Sydney Baalman, she was a queen on the mound that second game, and Ava had a wonderful, amazing day today. Those two freshmen led today, and I’m extremely proud of them,” Jones said. 

Ingles said the team improved by learning what they needed to work on. 

“We definitely saw the things that we needed to work on, made the quick adjustment, came back the next day and focused in on those things, and we made things happen out there,” Ingles said. 

Redshirt junior infielder Bailley Concatto said the improvement from Saturday to Sunday was in the team’s mindset. 

“I think we provided fight both days, but the difference from Saturday and Sunday is we came out with an attack mindset and we said, ‘We want to go get them today.’ We had a lot of young players step up and really own their role on the team and prove themselves,” Concatto said. 

The softball team will play their next game  at 1 p.m. April 17 at Tennessee Tech. 

 

 

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