Southern stays winless with two losses in tourney

LAKE CHARLES — The Southern softball team dropped a pair of games in the McNeese State Cowgirl Classic on Sunday, taking a 16-1 loss to Houston Baptist in five innings and a 9-0 loss to McNeese State in five innings.

In Southern’s first game of the day, Houston Baptist’s Kirsten Schwirtlich went 2-for-4 with eight RBIs to break the HBU (4-0) record of six.

Schwirtlich hit a grand slam in the second inning and added a three-run blast an inning later.

Callie Herrington went 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Daniella Rodarte went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs.

Kendall Stiefel earned the win, allowing six hits, one earned run and two walks while striking out eight.

Shabanese Brown and Gailyn Thibeaux each went 2-for-2 for Southern (0-9). Brown had a home run.

Kendyl Stevenson took the loss, allowing 10 hits, 12 runs (nine earned), and two walks, while striking out one in three innings.

Carla Arismendi pitched the final inning, giving up two hits, four runs (none earned) and one walk, while striking out two.

In the nightcap, McNeese led 2-0 in the first inning and broke the game open with a five-run, four-hit third.

Emily Vincent had an RBI triple and scored on an error for McNeese, while Brittany Calbert, Katie Roux and
Taylor Goree also scored in the inning.

McNeese (8-4) tacked on two more runs in the fourth on four hits and an error. Vincent had an RBI and scored on a single by Ashley Modzelewski to give McNeese a 9-0 lead.

McNeese’s Meagan Bond (3-2) struck out the side in the fifth to end the game. She finished with 10 strikeouts and gave up two hits.

Arismendi (0-3) took the loss for Southern (0-10), which had two hits.

UL-LAFAYETTE 3, TEXAS 2: In Lafayette, with Samantha Walsh at the plate with two outs and the bases loaded, an illegal pitch brought home Matte Haack, giving the Cajuns their sixth straight win.

Bobcats starter Anne Marie Taylor got the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh and had a 2-1 count on Sarah Draheim, when Taylor left the game with an apparent leg
injury.

Draheim eventually walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Cassidy White, who went to second on a wild pitch and later scored the tying run on Shellie Landry’s single.

Sara Corbello walked to load
the bases for Walsh.

With Walsh batting, Ashley Wright, the Bobcats’ third pitcher of the inning, brought her hand to her mouth and did not wipe it off before touching the ball, which is an illegal pitch.

After scoring a run in the first, the Cajuns were held scoreless.

ULL starter Jordan Wallace walked three batters in the first three innings and got out of a jam in the third inning with a key strikeout to end the inning and strand two runners.

The Bobcats scored one in the second inning on a passed ball and added a run in the fifth inning on a misplayed ball in left field to take the lead.

The Cajuns loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth but were unable to score.

Wallace (5-0) got a complete-game victory, allowing two unearned runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight.

Taylor gave up four hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out five in 6.2 innings. Rayn House (0-2) gave up two earned runs, two walks and one hit without retiring a batter to take the loss in relief.