SOSU softball sweeps Northeastern

Southeastern (40-7, 11-1 LSC-N) pounded out 18 hits over two games and outscored Northeastern State (9-27, 4-14 LSC-N) 19-4 over the same span to earn a doubleheader sweep over the division rival Riverhawks.

The Savage Storm took the opener, 7-0, and came back in the nightcap to earn the 12-4, run-rule victory in five innings.

In game one Marjorie Johnson moved her record to 18-1 on the year, tossing 4.0 hitless innings with eight strikeouts before handing the ball to Amanda Tanner who picked up her first save of the season by throwing 3.0 innings, allowing a pair of hits and striking out four.

Everyone got into the action at the plate with nine players picking up hits, led by Jennifer Morales with two, and five different hitters picking up an RBI.

SE got on the board in the second inning when Benita Sanchez doubled home Cassy Tice who was pinch running for Jaclyn Mullaney who walked to open the inning.

The Storm extended its lead in the third with Mullaney, Laney Anderson and Stephany Crawford each picking up an RBI in addition to Erika Bernal and Mullaney scoring on errors to mount a 6-1 lead.

Jami McAdoo singled home the final run of the game in the fourth inning to fashion the 7-0 final.

In game two, the error bug bit the Riverhawks hard with NSU committing six errors which accounted for nine of the 12 runs.

Jami McAdoo moved to 13-3 on the year, throwing 4.0 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with one K.

Tanner tossed the final inning and allowed a run on two hits.

Kristi Goins, Bailey Mathes and Mullaney each collected a pair of hits, while Mullaney recorded a game-high five RBI.

SE took the lead early when Sharlie Staab, pinch running for Sanchez, scored on a wild pitch.

NSU caught some momentum in the second inning, scoring two runs on the Ashley Rogers home run to left field.

The Storm answered, however, in the third inning, with Morales tying the game by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

Mullaney drove in Mathes and Bernal, with Morales scoring on a throwing error by the centerfielder to make the score 5-2.

SE added a six run fourth inning, highlighted by a Mullaney three-run bomb to left field to take an 11-3 lead.

NSU added a run in the top of the fifth, but SE answered when Sanchez scored on an error by the left fielder following a Goins single to close out the 12-4 win.

Southeastern will next head to Tahlequah, Okla., for the return trip to face Northeastern State in a doubleheader slated for a 2 p.m. first pitch on April 4.

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