SVSU sweeps GVSU in Allendale
Lakers lose back-to-back games for first time this season
Missed fortunes and missed opportunities plagued the Grand Valley State softball team in its doubleheader as it lost both games to GLIAC rival Saginaw Valley State on Wednesday, 10-4 and 9-1.
GVSU was unable to get key hits when needed, as the Lakers left 20 runners on base in the two-game sweep. The pair of losses drops GVSU’s overall record to 26-10 overall and 12-5 in GLIAC play. SVSU moves to 18-5.
It was the first time the Lakers lost back-to-back games this season.
“Things just didn’t go our way today, SVSU just got all the lucky bounces and we didn’t cash in on our opportunities,” said GVSU coach Dana Callihan. “We just have to battle back and turn things around tomorrow.”
In game one, the Cardinals put up a four spot on the board that included a three-run bomb over the left-field scoreboard by the SVSU catcher.
The Lakers tried to battle back with a rally of their own in the bottom of the inning with RBIs by Jenna Lenza, McKenze Supernaw and Ellie Balbach to cut the deficit to one run for the Lakers.
They would eventually tie it in the third inning when catcher Marie Deppe scored on a throwing error by the shortstop, but from there SVSU outscored the Lakers 6-0, taking advantage of every opportunity.
It was a day to forget on the mound for junior pitcher Sarah Andrasik. She threw 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits while striking out and walking three.
Game two of the double header was much of the same story for the Lakers.
Things started off on the right foot for the Lakers as they opened up the scoring with a Lenza RBI single up the middle, but in the bottom half of the inning the Cardinals had an answer.
SVSU’s centerfielder had a bases clearing triple down the right-field line, giving the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish.
With the loss, Courtney Reinhold’s record drops to 11-3 on the season. She gave up nine runs in 5.1 innings, although only five of those runs were earned.
“We were just overall flat,” Lenza said. “It’s just a tough loss for the team in general. Tomorrow is a new day and we have to come back and get two wins tomorrow. We have got to make sure that we are consistent with our hitting. Today we just were not on.”
Lenza led the way for GVSU, going 5-for-7 overall in the pair of losses. She had two RBIs and also scored one run.
Supernaw had a solid day, as well, going 3-for-6. She drew one walk and had one RBI on the day.
“We have ups and downs, today we had a down day but we’re going to come back tomorrow and kill it,” she said. “The good teams shake it off, and we will move on. It’s behind us and in the past.”
The Lakers will look to rebound Thursday when they travel to Midland for a doubleheader at Northwood.