ORLANDO, Fla. – SIUE split its first two games of a seven-game road trip, defeating Boston College 5-4 and falling to host Central Florida 4-1.
SIUE, 7-6, is now idle for two days before continuing the trip with two games Friday at USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla., against Loyola (Ill.) and Providence.
SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery said her team was not as sharp as she would like but the team "gutted out the victory" over Boston College.
The Cougars opened up the day with its 10th one-run game of the season in the win over Boston College, 4-8. SIUE ran up a five-run lead before the Eagles made a late run.
SIUE rallied for four runs in the sixth inning. Samantha Stanicek capped the rally with two-run double down the left field line off BC starter Andrea Filler.
"The pitcher was working me in so I changed my approach," said Stanicek. "I made the adjustment and got the ball down the line."
SIUE pitcher Erin Greenwalt picked up the victory after scattering eight hits and striking out three. Amanda Lambrecht helped Greenwalt out of a jam in the sixth and pitched a perfect seventh to collect her first save of the season.
"Amanda shut the door on BC, and that was huge," said Montgomery. "She executed her pitches and got the job done."
Lambrecht started game two against Central Florida and lasted 3 1/3 innings before Haley Chambers finished off the final 2 2/3. Chambers allowed three hits and no runs.
Shelby Turnier went six innings for Central Florida for the pitching victory. She allowed four hits and struck out six. Lauren Dannelly threw the seventh and earned a save.
SIUE scored its only run in the fourth on an RBI triple by Kayla Riggs.
Central Florida improved to 14-8, taking advantage of a three-run fifth. Kalyn Cenal's RBI single highlighted the inning.