Takes Advantage of Late Errors to Earn
Photo: Senior Ashly Bouthot finished her
four-year SU career on Saturday. Photo by Aaron Yates.
-- Schreiner scored three runs in the top of
the sixth inning, taking advantage of two costly
Concordia errors in the process, to rally to a
5-3 win and split of the season-ending
doubleheader for both teams. The loss
knocked CTX out of the ASC postseason tournament
and SU Softball became the second Mountaineer
program to knock a Concordia team out of the
playoffs in the last two months. In late
February, Schreiner's men's basketball team
defeated CTX in a winner-take-all finale at
Edington Gym, securing SU's first-ever
tournament appearance. Early in the day,
Concordia (12-12 in ASC) won the first game,
8-0, in six innings.
Stats are not available for the first game at
this time. In the second game, CTX jumped
out to a 2-0 lead on Schreiner junior starter
Ally Morris. In the top of the third, SU
(9-15 in ASC) tied the game quickly.
Junior Callie Caesar drew a two-out walk.
Sophomore Kayla Averitt then hit her second big
home run in two days, clearing the bases.
In the fourth, Morris was victimized by an
unearned run caused by an error by senior Ashly
Bouthot. That play looked like it might be
the difference in the game as Concordia took a
3-2 lead into the sixth. But Schreiner
rallied. In that game-deciding inning,
Averitt started off the comeback bid with a
walk. Next, junior Shelby Kimmons got on
base thanks to an error. Junior Kristy
Gonzalez sacrifice-bunted both runners into
scoring position. Senior Vanessa Vasquez
drove in Averitt with a single and junior Brandy
Gonzalez drove in Kimmons with a single of her
own. An error on the play allowed Vazquez
to score an important insurance run.
Morris avoided trouble in the final two innings
to get the season-ending win. She went all
seven innings, allowing 13 hits but only two
earned runs. She struck out two and didn't
walk a batter.
The Mountaineers played inspired softball down
the stretch under interim head coach Joe Anders.
Despite playing against the top two teams in the
ASC West Division and a CTX team that was
knocked out of the playoffs by the Mountaineers
this weekend, SU went 4-10 over that span.
In the process, they raised the team's batting
average by 20 points and played much better
defense against stiff competition.
The game was the last for two Schreiner seniors,
Ashly Bouthot and Vazquez. Both will
graduate in May. Now, the attention of the
returners and administration turns away from the
diamond and to the search for the program's next
head coach. Anders is not an applicant for
the position. An announcement on a new
head coach should happen before finals begin in
early May. Whoever takes over the program
inherits several returning starters with talent
but will also faces a small roster that will be
in need of strong recruiting to be ready for
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