(CLERMONT, Fla.) – Through two days in the Sunshine State, the Walsh softball team is even with big wins against Urbana and Salem International in five innings and a pair of one-run losses against West Virginia Wesleyan and Mary.
On Saturday, the Cavaliers opened up the spring break games with a 3-2 loss against the Bobcats as a result of the international tiebreaking rules taking effect in extra innings, but responded with a big 14-6 win against the Blue Knights in five innings.
In that game, the 7-8-9 hitters in the lineup packed a punch and provided most of the offense as they combined to go 6-for-11 with nine RBI and four runs scored. Kendra Moore went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI in the seven-hole while Abby Reusser went 2-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored.
Olivia Pifer came on in relief to pitch the final four innings and gave up two hits the rest of the way as Urbana took a 6-2 lead into the third inning. She also struck out nine batters in the game.
Pifer was the tough luck loser in the first game on Sunday as the Cavaliers fell to Mary 1-0 after the Marauders scored the only run of the game in the third.
The bats came alive again in the second game as all nine runs were scored by the end of the third.
This time the offense was more balanced as five players combined for all the RBI. Danni Murtaugh was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Reusser and Newman also had two RBI each.
The Cavaliers pounded out 11 hits in the win while starter Ryan Kuula gave up just a pair.
Walsh returns to action tomorrow in the only true double header of the week against future conference rival Trevecca Nazarene. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.