It was a pretty rough stretch of games for the Huskies softball team losing 7 of their last 8 games. That would change in Nebraska Monday sweeping the Wayne State Wildcats. They would then head back to the Husky dome to take on Bemidji State on Tuesday which would actually be played as a road game for SCSU.
Game one would start out pretty slow offensively from both teams until St. Cloud put up four runs in the third led by a Cassie Francesconi homerun. They would add another in the 5th leading the Beavers 5-0 going into the 6th.
The Huskies would then put up 7-runs in which Jasmine Estrada would hit a grand slam.
Kate Kopeck would pitch 5 innings of one hit ball and Lauren Kirchberg would finish off the Beavers in the bottom half of the inning, taking game one 12-0 in six innings.
Game two was a complete 180 from game one. The Huskies would be held to 5 hits in the game, but Coach U’Ren went with a different strategy.
Instead of trying to drive in runs with extra base hits, they switched to stealing bases and bunting over runners. The two runs scored by the ladies would be an Alexis Jacobs SAC bunt and a Megan Conrads SAC fly.
Makayla Pagel would hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 4th but that would be the only run for the Beavers on the day.
SCSU would take game two 2-1.
The two wins improved their overall record to 22-10 and a 4-4 record in NSIC play.
St. Cloud will be back in action this weekend on Saturday vs. Minot State at 12 and 2 p.m. and Sunday vs. University of Mary at the same times. All the action will be heard live on the KVSC Sports Stream and the SCSU athletics portal.
I also got a chance to sit down with Head Coach Paula U’Ren where we talk about how the veterans and the young players are both contributing to their success this year and her 700th career win as a Head Coach.