SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In a tale of two games today, the Indiana University South Bend softball team split with Cardinal Stritch University. Game one was a pitcher’s duel in which the Titans came out on top 2-1 but the nightcap turned into a hit parade for the Wolves as they defeated IU South Bend 14-3.
- Game 1: IU South Bend def. Cardinal Stritch, 2-1
- Game 2: Cardinal Stritch def. IU South Bend, 14-3
- Records: IU South Bend 9-7, 4-2 CCAC | CSU 12-9, 3-3 CCAC
- Location: South Bend, Indiana | Potawatomi Park
Game 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- Nichole Kirkpatrick (FR/South Bend, Indiana) earned her fourth win, tossing her second complete game in as many days.
- Stritch started the scoring in the top of the second inning but the Titans answered with a run to even the game when Maddy Hovious (SO/North Vernon, Indiana) doubled home Taylor Astell (FR/Brownsburg, Indiana) who reached on a bunt single.
- Brittany Probasco (JR/Hobart, Indiana) plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly scoring Brooke Boss (SO/Delavan, Wisconsin) who reached on a one-out double and advanced to third on a Hovious single.
- Kirkpatrick got out of a jam in the seventh inning, leaving two Stritch runners stranded to end the game.
- Kaylee Warner (FR/Elkhart, Indiana) came on to pinch hit in the bottom of the sixth and reached on a single to right field.
- Astell, Boss, and Hovious all recorded two hits while the Titans totaled 10 hits in the win.
Game 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- IU South Bend fell behind early as the Wolves scored four runs in the first three innings.
- The Titans made it a 4-1 game in the bottom of the third after Boss roped a double to left center scoring Astell.
- Stritch busted the game open with 10 runs in the fifth inning that began with a solo homerun.
- Delaney Cole (FR/Osceola, Indiana) got the start in the circle for the Titans and initially went three innings and would return in the fifth after Philny Llewellyn (JR/Willemstad, Curacao) allowed four runs on five hits as part of the 10-run inning.
- Boss and Hovious picked up RBI’s in the bottom of the fifth but it was too little too late for the Titans.
- Boss finished 2-for-3 with two RBI in the loss.
- IU South Bend will return to the diamond on Sunday as they travel to Saint Xavier University on Sunday, April 2. The game is the makeup date for the doubleheader scheduled on March 22nd.