Pitching Excels Saturday for Cougars

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – SIUE pitching allowed just one hit Saturday yet the softball Cougars finished the day 1-1.

 

Amanda Lambrecht tossed a one-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Wright State. Erin Greenwalt followed that with a no-hitter against Detroit. However, the Cougars lost the game 1-0 on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

 

"When you throw a one-hitter and a no-hitter, you can't ask for much more than that," said SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery. "Hopefully this will be a learning experience for the entire team on how you have to work hard every game."

 

Montgomery said she hopes the loss on the no-hitter is a gut check for her team.

 

"We were sailing along there getting timely hits when we needed them. We didn't get any in the second game today," said Montgomery.

 

SIUE enters the final day of the Blues City Classic with a 6-4 record. The Cougars face Mississippi State in an 11 a.m. game Sunday.

 

Lambrecht fanned six and improved to 2-0 for the season. The only hit allowed was a fourth-inning double by Katie Rapshus.

 

Lambrecht said work on her mental focus during practice this past week put her back on track.

 

"I bounced back today. I had some struggles last week," she said.

 

SIUE's offense picked up six hits. Alex McDavid drove home three runs for the Cougars beginning with a sacrifice fly in the first inning that drove home Rebecca Gray after her one out triple. McDavid added two more RBIs in the seventh on a single to left field.

 

In game two, Greenwalt would retire the last 22 batters she faced. She pitched a fantastic game with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Greenwalt's more than hard luck loss dropped her to 1-3.

 

It is the 27th no-hitter in SIUE softball history. Greenwalt becomes the 14th different pitcher to throw a no-hitter at SIUE.

 

The lone run of the game scored due to the setup of the international tiebreaker rule where the last batter in the previous inning is placed on second to start the inning.

 

Detroit placed pinch runner Kat Hoffman on second. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Katy Severson and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Kayla Kostich.

 

Greenwalt said she didn't realize she had a no-hitter during the game. I wasn't until coaches told her after the game that she would learn of her feat. Her focus was on making good pitches.

 

"I was thinking about keeping the ball down in the strike zone," Greenwalt said.

 

The Cougars, which had four hits off Detroit starter Karyn McCarty, had a chance to tie in the bottom of the eighth. Kelsey Hansen was placed at second and nearly scored on a single by Chelsea Yankolovich but was thrown out at home on a throw from Detroit left fielder Dani Holmes.