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SIUE’s Offense Overpowers Maine, Temple

SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery and Rachel Coonrod
SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery and Rachel Coonrod

CLEARWATER, Fla. – SIUE softball extended its winning streak to four games with another pair of shutouts at the UCF Under Armour Classic.

 

The Cougars improved to 11-6 overall with a 13-0 win over Maine in five innings and a 10-0 triumph over Temple in five innings.

 

"I'll say this all season. We're trying to pitch well, get timely hits, and play good defense," said SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery.

 

Amanda Lambrecht tossed a three-hit shutout in the first game. Haley Chambers followed up with a two-hit shutout against Temple. SIUE has not allowed a run over the last 26 innings.

 

"That's where it all starts – in the circle," said Montgomery. "We're happy to be where we are at and playing well."

 

The Cougars have one more game left at Clearwater's Eddie C. Moore Field. SIUE meets Quinnipiac at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

 

"They understand the sense of urgency I them to play with to get sharp heading into conference play," Montgomery said.

 

Alex McDavid provided the day's biggest hit with a third-inning grand slam.

 

McDavid said she was watching Temple reliever Jessica Tolmie warm up and adjusted to what she saw. After Rebecca Gray's at bat, McDavid stepped in with the bases loaded.

 

"I knew what I was looking for, which was up," said McDavid. She hit the home run with a 1-2 count and drove home Chelsea Yankolovich, Jordan LaFave, and Chambers.

 

Rachel Coonrod's two-run single in the first inning drove in the game's first runs against Temple. Kayla Riggs provided a two-run triple in the second inning.

 

Nearly every hitter in the lineup collected at least one hit for the day. Several had multiple hit games.

 

McDavid and LaFave finished with three hits against Maine. Coonrod and Taylor Tooley had two hits each against Maine. Yankolovich and Chambers each collected two hits against Temple.

 

"We're trying to stay relaxed and get aggressive swings," said Montgomery. "They're quality hitters. They are trying to get to hitting counts."

 

LaFave said she is trying to stay focused on her plan in each at bat. Having  a pair of five-inning games means fewer at bats, but it also is a major positive.

 

"That means our pitchers are pitching well, and we're getting timely hits," LaFave added.

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