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Cougars Split at EKU

Erin Greenwalt, Alex McDavid, and Chelsea Yankolovich
Erin Greenwalt, Alex McDavid, and Chelsea Yankolovich

RICHMOND, Ky. – Alex McDavid took over the team lead in home runs Friday, and the SIUE softball team gained a split at Eastern Kentucky.


SIUE, 17-8 overall and 2-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference, picked up a 4-1 victory in game one and dropped the nightcap 11-3 in six innings.


The road trip continues Saturday with a doubleheader at Morehead State. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT.


McDavid hit a solo home run in both games and now leads the team with four home runs.


SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery said she hopes Friday's results will be a wake-up call for the Cougars.


"We let them get all of the momentum (in the second game) and did not play with intensity," Montgomery said. "You've got to work hard to be able to win a doubleheader on the road. Hopefully we'll learn from that and bounce back tomorrow."


In the opener, SIUE pitcher Haley Chambers ran her winning streak to six games with a two-hitter. The only run was a sixth-inning homer by Raquel Howes. Chambers fanned five, did not walk any batters, and improved her season record to 9-2.


SIUE also used the long ball in game one to defeat the Colonels, now 17-10 and 4-1.


Samantha Stanicek hit her third home run of the season in the fifth inning. The three-run blast, which scored Kayla Riggs and Brittany Toney, put the Cougars ahead 3-0.


Stanicek took advantage of a hitter's count off EKU losing pitcher Shaylon Robb. With a 3-1 count that included three straight out of the strike zone, she belted the ball over the fence in left center.


"She sat on a change-up and hit it a long way," said Montgomery.


Chambers said the home run from Stanicek helped her relax a bit.


"I felt like I got into a groove in about the third or fourth inning," the freshman left-hander said.


McDavid added a solo shot to center field in the sixth inning. That put SIUE up 4-0 and gave Chambers plenty of cushion.


Montgomery said McDavid made an adjustment at the plate and drove the ball down the right field line at Gertrude Hood Field.


In the nightcap, EKU attacked for 11 runs on 12 hits and took advantage of three SIUE errors.


Christina Ciolek led the Colonels with five RBIs, including a home run in the bottom of the sixth.


EKU's Katie Tackett led all players with three hits. Howes, Carissa Reisinger, and Sarah Fobbs scored two runs each.


Amanda Lambrecht, 3-3, took the loss for the Cougars. Leanna Pittsenbarger improved her season record to 11-5 with a 12-strikeout performance. She allowed three runs on five hits.

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