HAMMOND, La. – SIUE softball improved to 3-1 at the Lions Classic II with a pair of wins over Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Missouri State.
Both victories were two-run games, defeating Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-2 early in the day followed by a 3-1 victory over Missouri State.
"We had two quality wins today," said Interim SIUE Head Coach Jessica Jones.
Emily Ingles improved to 2-0 in the nightcap, fanning nine Bears and not allowing any walks.
"She did phenomenal against Missouri State," said Jones. "She controlled them the whole game."
"We just had it to keep it simple," said Ingles. "I really think we figured that out. Everybody did what they needed to do. It was a team effort."
Perhaps one of the most exciting plays of the day occurred in game two when Janie Smith, pinch-running for Kalei Kaneshiro in the fifth inning against Missouri State, pulled off an uncommon play in softball.
With Smith at third, Jones called for a squeeze bunt only to have Alana Cobb-Adams miss the low pitch from Missouri State starter Erin Griesbauer. Missouri State catcher Alex Boze bobbled the pitch, and the ball came forward into the batter's box next to the left-handed hitting Cobb-Adams. Smith continued on where she sometimes would turn back to third.
"Because it was a squeeze," said Jones. "Janie went and we got it. It was perfect. She got a great jump and committed."
"The pitch was super low, and it popped out of her glove," added Smith. "I don't think she saw me coming. She didn't really hustle after, and I thought I better just keep going.
Jones commended Smith for committing to play.
"She's a veteran baserunner," Jones added. "She is one of the best, especially in our conference. I'd put her up against anybody."
SIUE picked up nine hits against Missouri State, including three from Alyssa Heren. Her defense also shined with a diving catch to end the sixth inning.
In the opener, SIUE outhit Texas A&M Corpus Christi 8-3 but found itself down 2-0 after just one-half inning.
The Cougars answered back in the bottom of the second with an RBI single by Amber Storer. Micah Arps tied the game later in the inning when she and Reagan Curtis completed the double steal after starting at first base and third base.
Sammie Ofoia put the Cougars ahead 3-2 in the third with a single up the middle that scored Cobb-Adams.
Jones said she likes the Cougars' offense, which is hitting .300 as a team through four games.
"The bottom of the lineup is pulling through huge," she said. "We don't have a lull in the lineup."
SIUE closes out the tournament Sunday with an 11 a.m. contest against host Southeastern Louisiana.