Trailing 3-0 in game one, the University of Evansville softball team scored six runs in the seventh inning before going on to sweep Bellarmine in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon.
UE (6-4) rallied to take the opener by a 9-5 final before wrapping up the day with a 6-1 triumph over Bellarmine (2-4).
“I loved the way we responded in game one,” Purple Aces head softball coach Mat Mundell exclaimed. “We talked about passing the bat from girl to girl that inning (7th) and we were able to do it. We got some great baserunning and some big hits.”
Bellarnine jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game one tagging Aces starter Izzy Vetter for three runs in the bottom half of the third. Evansville wasted little time in responding when Eryn Gould led the fourth off with a single before Lindsay Renneisen hit a home run to make it a 3-2 game. A single run in the sixth knotted the score when Jessica Fehr came through with a 2-out single to score Alexa Davis, who was pinch running for Renneisen.
In the top of the seventh, the Aces came through in a big way, scoring six times to take their first lead at 9-3. Bella Coffey led off with a single and was pinch run for by Mackenzie McFeron. McFeron went on to steal second before scoring on a Gould single. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jenna Lis reached on an error that allowed two runs to score. Next up was Jessica Fehr, who had yet another big hit, homering to center field to break the game open and bring in three more runs. The Knights scored a pair in the bottom of the seventh, but the Aces fended off the challenge to take the 9-5 win. Fehr registered two hits and four RBI in the game. Vetter went the distance. Striking out six batters.
Using the momentum gained from the opener, UE got right on the board in the top of the first to lead off game two as Eryn Gould hit a leadoff homer to left field. Two more runs crossed the plate in the second when Mea Adams drew a bases loaded walk and Gould hit a sacrifice fly.
Following a scoreless third frame, Evansville doubled its lead in the fourth, scoring three times. Jenna Lis singled to begin the frame before McFeron entered and stole second. Elyse Hickey hit a 1-out single to put runners at first and third for Mea Adams, who reached on a bunt single that scored McFeron. Next up was Eryn Gould, who came through once again, singling to left to plate two more runs and make it a 6-0 game.
Bellarmine broke the shutout with an unearned run in the fifth, but that was the only run they could muster as Jaime Nurrenbern picked up her third win of the season. She tossed six innings, allowing just three hits and walking one. She fanned five batters. Megan Brenton threw a scoreless seventh inning and struck out two.
This weekend, the Aces will be at Cooper Stadium for a 4-game series against Purdue Fort Wayne. Set for Saturday and Sunday, the squads will meet for an 11 a.m. doubleheader each day.