Southeastern softballers completed a four-game sweep of Northwestern here Saturday afternoon with 10-1 and 3-2 victories.
Coach Ron Faubion’s LadyStorm jumped up to fifth place in the Great American Conference standings with 11-7 overall and 5-3 GAC records.
Sophomore Keeshia Thompson supplied the power surge with a pair of home runs in the first game, including a grand slam in the sixth to end the game on the run-rule.
Emily Cudd went the distance on a six-hitter, giving up one earned run and striking out four while logging her fifth complete game and running her record to 9-3.
Coach Faubion said, “We’re showing significant improvement defensively. We didn’t make any errors Saturday and that helped tremendously.
“Cudd and Ashley Moore kept the ball in the park and we bunted the ball better than we have in quite a while. We worked hard during the week and it showed up when we turned three double-plays.”
The LadyStorm will travel to Southwestern for Friday and Saturday GAC doubleheaders and that’s never an easy place to play.
LadyStorm 10, Northwestern 1
The Storm scored two in the first on a walk to Kennedy (Goose) Salyers and a double by Conner Harmon and an error in the outfield that allowed both runs to come across.
Northwestern picked up a run in the top of the second and Thompson doubled that with her first home run of the season, a rip to left-center that also plated Mykaela Wallace, who had walked to start the inning.
That ended the scoring until the sixth when Southeastern exploded for six runs to end it early.
Cudd blanked NW on two hits from the third to sixth innings.
The Storm exploded with six runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth.
Symphoni Shomo laced a one-out double to left and scored on Destiny Riddle’s single up the middle. Harmon reached on an error at shortstop and pinch-hitter Jordyn James delivered a single to drive in the second run.
Wallace drew a walk to load the bases and Thompson, who liked her first homer so much, cleared the bases and ended the game early with a grand slam.
Thompson sparked the Storm with three for four, her first and second home runs, a double and six runs batted in.
Wallace was two for two with a double and two runs scored. Shomo had two hits in three at-bats, scored a run, had a sacrifice hit and stole a base.
Cudd was one for two, James two for four with a run scored and one RBI. Salyers, Riddle and Harmon were one for four each. Harmon scored twice, Salyers and Riddle had one run each.
Macy Madewell led NW with two for two.
LadyStorm 3, Northwestern 2
Add another comeback victory to the list for the LadyStorm as Northwestern picked up a run in second.
Southeastern sent six batters to the plate in the fifth and scored three runs on two hits while stranding a pair.
Shomo started the winning rally with a two-out walk and Salyers followed with another free pass. Riddle hammered her team-leading 7th double to left-center to drive in the tying run and Harmon’s sixth double of the year drove in the eventual winning run.
Northwestern came back for one run in the top of the sixth, but Cudd slammed the door the rest of the way as she pitched two innings in relief, allowed one run on two hits and picked up her first save of the year.
Ashley Moore pitched the first five innings and allowed one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts. It was her best effort in the circle and made her record 1-0 and drop her earned-run average to a team-low 2.60.