Pitching dominates in softball doubleheader spilt
SF State split Friday’s doubleheader versus Stanislaus State as each team’s winning pitchers held the offenses to one and no runs, respectively.
The Stanislaus State Warriors took game one, 4-0, behind starting pitcher Kylie Ragsdale, who held the Gators offense to no runs and five hits, though the Gators had multiple scoring opportunities.
Gators pitcher Lindsey Cassidy was having a solid outing until she reached the fifth inning, where she gave up a two-run homer.
The Gators defense did not play up to par as they had three errors.
“The girls came out flat in game one,” head coach Lisa Allen said. “We weren’t making adjustments at the plate and defensively we weren’t taking care of the ball.”
The Warriors ensured their victory with another two-run home run in the seventh inning.
The Gators evened the weekend series with a 4-1 win, led by solid defensive play to ensure Megan Clark’s complete game effort resulted in her sixth win of the season.
Clark was able to hold the Warriors offense to one run, but credited the defense for getting her crucial outs.
“My defense helped me out a lot,” Clark said. “I threw a lot of balls and walked a lot of batters, but having the support of my defense helped me out.”
Center fielder Alexis Mattos provided half of the run support in the game, driving in two runs on with a single in the second inning, after left fielder Chelsea Brent singled to bring in the first score of the game.
“I was going up to the box thinking ‘stay calm’,” Mattos said. “Do what you need to do.”
Allen said the defense adjusted and played hard, which allowed Clark to remain relaxed knowing she had defensive support.
The Gators will look to win the weekend series against the Warriors in another doubleheader at the SF State softball field.