Softball - Fri, Mar. 16, 2007
Orlando, Fla. - Interestingly enough, it was the final innings of both games Friday that proved to be the difference maker for the No. 23 ranked Saint Xavier University softball team, one good outcome and one bad. The Cougars (4-6 overall) lost its first game of the day to Minnesota State University-Moorhead (Minn.), 4-3, due to a late run in the top of the eighth inning by MSUM. SXU then exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning of game two to break a 2-2 tie and beat Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Pa.), 8-2, in game two.

Errors hurt an outstanding pitching performance by freshman Jalyn Shearer (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), who threw all eight innings and allowed just six hits, four runs (none earned), and a walk with six strikeouts. MSUM scored its first three runs of the game in the top of the third inning to take a 3-0 lead behind a two-out fielding error by Saint Xavier that kept the inning alive for an eventual three-run homer.

The Cougars clawed their way back into the game and tied things up, 3-3, in the bottom of the sixth inning. Following a scoreless seventh, the game went to extra innings, but in the top of the eighth, MSUM was able to record a sacrifice fly to bring home the eventual winning run. SXU had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, but ended it with back-to-back strikeouts and senior first baseman Jory Bodi (Richmond, Ill./Richmond-Burton) stranded at third base.

In the second game of the day, the Cougars got some redemption from its offense. With the game tied 2-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning, SXU opened the frame with three straight singles to load the bases and then recorded three more hits in the seventh, including a two-RBI single by sophomore first baseman Gianna Pavone (Orland Park, Ill./St. Joseph's College), to bring home six runs and take a 8-2 lead. Bodi pitched well in game two throwing all seven innings and giving up just five hits, two runs (both earned), and no walks with one strikeout.

Saint Xavier (4-6 overall) wraps up its Florida trip on Saturday, March 17, with a pair of games against East Stroudsburg-University of Pennsylvania (Pa.) and University of New Haven (Conn.), respectively. The first game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. eastern time and the second game is slated for a 3 p.m. eastern time start.