By Jared Fields, Sports Writer
Last Thursday the Wildcat softball team dropped two conference games to Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The losses came after the Wildcats won seven of their last eight games. The team lost the first game by a score of 9-8 and the second game 10-2, bringing them to 24-14 overall.
The Wildcats were down six runs in the first game going into the fifth inning when Jade Wilson’s grand slam helped propel the team to an eight-run fifth inning. The Wildcats took that lead into the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t hold on as SOSU rallied for three runs to take the win.
The momentum carried on to the second game, and SOSU scored five runs in the first inning. Katie Bryan hit a two-run home run to provide the lone two runs for the Wildcats.
Despite the games’ outcome, head coach Chantiel Wilson thinks her team will get back to their winning ways.
“Those were tough losses to take, but the players will bounce back and not dwell on them,” Wilson said. ACU also hosted a doubleheader March 22 against Incarnate Word. The Wildcats won both games, with scores of 8-2, and 6-5.
In the first victory, Jennifer Leal led her team by pitching the entire game and only allowing two runs. Junior Danielle Faulk had a three RBI double in the second inning, and senior Katie Bryan hit a three run home run in the fourth to lead the Wildcat offense.
The second game wasn’t as easy for the Wildcats. The team used a four-run fifth inning sparked by a three-run home run by Katie Bryan to keep the lead and pull out the win. Allison Crouse threw five innings for the Wildcats and picked up the win. Jennifer Leal threw the final two innings and preserved the win, while gathering a save.
After Thursday’s games, the Wildcats have a week without any games.
“I think a good week of practice [will] get us going in the right direction,” Wilson said.
The Wildcats’ next games are this weekend at Eastern New Mexico University and Tuesday at Hardin-Simmons University.