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Cougars Gain Split With Golden Eagles

Conner Cutright
Conner Cutright

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE softball completed a week of seven games in six days and finished with five Ohio Valley Conference wins. The Cougars earned a split with visiting Tennessee Tech Sunday.

The Golden Eagles, 16-27 overall and 7-9 in the OVC, won game one 12-2 in five innings. SIUE, 20-15 overall and 10-4 in the OVC, took game two 8-6.

SIUE used a four-run fifth inning to push back in the nightcap. Bailley Concatto's two-run double to left-center provided the game-winning hit for the Cougars.

"Getting this last one with Tennessee Tech and getting us back on the winning track, that was very important to do," said SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery.

SIUE right-hander Emily Ingles added back-to-back double-digit strikeout efforts with the Sunday win. She fanned a season-best 15 Jacksonville State batters Saturday and came back Sunday for an 11-strikeout effort against Tennessee Tech.

"She loves to pitch," said Montgomery. "That's really key for her. I've always told her she is a bulldog on the mound. That's why I recruited her. Emily definitely is a competitor."

Ingles improved to 14-7 overall, including a 4-1 mark this week.

Shortstop Alana Cobb-Adams had a big week at the plate, hitting .529 (9-17) for the week. After hitting two doubles in game one, Montgomery gave Cobb-Adams an opportunity to hit in the cleanup spot in game two.

"She hit well," said Montgomery. "She puts the ball in play, and she is a patient hitter. She is learning how to hit at this level. She continues to get better and better.

Cobb-Adams was 1 for 2 and drew a pair of walks in game two.

SIUE now heads to the road next weekend for its last road OVC contests. The Cougars face Austin Peay Saturday and Murray State Sunday.

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