EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The No. 22 SVSU Softball team faced Grand Valley State University in a Friday (May 12) evening elimination game after the Cardinals fell earlier in the day to Southern Indiana. After taking an early lead in the contest, No. 3 regional seeded SVSU powered its way to an 8-0 mercy rule victory over the No. 7 Lakers.
The win secured a meeting with Southern Indiana in a rematch Saturday for the Midwest Regional #2 Finals, with the Cardinals needing a pair of victories to secure the title.
The Cardinal offense got going early in the game, as Danielle Hamilton started with a single to left field for the first base runner. She was brought home by Meredith Rousse, who knocked a two-run home run to left field for the 2-0 lead. Lauren Bachert later scored Courtney Reeves on a single to left field, pushing the lead to 3-0.
Saginaw Valley tacked-on another two runs in the top of the 2nd, all starting when Madison Burgess reached on an error and stole second. She moved to third on a groundout and Aubree Mouthaan would walk and steal second as well. Reeves would get an infield single that plated Burgess and Mouthaan would come around on a throwing error by the shortstop, putting the score at 5-0.
Three more runs came SVSU's way in the top of the 4th, with Rousse striking again with a solo shot to left field, making the score 6-0. Mouthaan then singled to center field and Reeves followed with a towering home run to center field, pushing it out to 8-0 in SV's favor.
It was all the Cardinals would need, as starting pitcher Samantha Willman allowed no hits throughout the contest, securing the 8-0 victory with her first career no-hitter.
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Rousse had a huge game, notching her first career multi-home run game in the victory. She was 2-for-3 with the two long balls, knocking-in three runs. She now has eight homers on the season.
Reeves continues to add to her single season record for home runs, collecting her 14th during the game with three RBI as well. She added a single in the win.
Bachert had an RBI single in the game.
Hamilton had a hit and scored one run.
Mouthaan had a single and scored a pair of runs.
Burgess stole a base and scored for SVSU.
Samantha Willman (21-7) was efficient in her victory on the mound. She tossed the complete 5.0 innings for the no-hitter. Willman struck-out one batter and walked three against the Lakers.
Saginaw Valley (37-15) will return to action at the USI Softball Field on Saturday against the host and No. 9 nationally-ranked USI Screaming Eagles. The Cardinals need two victories over USI to claim the Midwest Regional #2 championship. First pitch for the opening game is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT.
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