CHARLESTON, Ill. – SIUE softball muscled up for 23 runs Tuesday for a doubleheader sweep at Eastern Illinois.
SIUE captured a 10-3 victory in game one and added a 13-0 triumph over five innings in the nightcap. The Cougars evened their record to 4-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play and 12-16 overall. The Panthers dropped to 10-33 overall and 1-11 in the OVC.
"They definitely put it together today," said SIUE Interim Head Coach Jessica Jones.
While the offense exploded for double-digit runs for the fourth and fifth time this season, SIUE's pitching threw 11 consecutive scoreless innings. Corrina Rivas earned her sixth win of the season in game one. Bianca Vozenilek tossed a three-hit shutout in the nightcap, her first shutout as a Cougar.
In game one, the Cougars scored in four of seven innings with a six-run rally in the third inning highlighting the game.
Abby Marlow, who had three doubles and four RBIs for the day, started the rally with a one-out double. In the third inning, the Cougars took advantage of an EIU error as well as a two-RBI triple by Bailley Concatto, an RBI single by Alana Cobb-Adams and a two-RBI single by Conner Cutright.
Rivas gave up just four hits for the victory.
After sending 11 batters to the plate in the third inning of game one, the Cougars matched and surpassed that effort in game two.
Fifteen batters went to the plate in the fifth inning in a nine-run rally. Sammie Ofoia, who had three hits and four RBIs in game two, hit her second home run of the season.
"She really put it together," said Jones. "Every one of her hits was solid. It was fun to watch."
Ofoia said her approach at the plate has changed.
"I've been watching more pitches and watching strikes instead of going up there and swinging early," said Ofoia.
Vozenilek benefitted from SIUE's biggest offensive explosion of the season. She struck out two and walked two while earning her first victory of the season.
"We came back and complimented her," said Ofoia. "She had an amazing game today."
SIUE now continues on the road for four more OVC games. The Cougars play at Eastern Kentucky Friday beginning at 3 p.m. CT followed by Morehead State Sunday at 11 a.m. CT.
"We have a lot of options," said Jones. "Kylie Lane stepped in today and did a good job. We have competition offensively and defensively. It's good to have options."