Tiger softball team swings its way to sweep of Trojans

The hit parade continued for the Marshall softball team Tuesday in a Southwest Conference road doubleheader against Worthington. The Tigers connected for 30 hits over the two games, winning the opener 20-10 and taking the second game 12-2.

Riding a five-game winning streak, the Tigers are now 6-4 overall and 5-3 in Southwest Conference action.

Marshall shortstop Brooke Louwagie had a huge day at the plate. In the opener she went 3-for-4 with two home runs and eight RBIs. In the second game she finished 3-for-4 with another home run.

Top to bottom, the Tigers’ lineup continues to produce as the team is now averaging more than 10 runs per game on the season.

“They’re consistently being patient at the plate and waiting for their pitches to hit,” Marshall head coach Jack Houseman said. “I wouldn’t say they’re perfect, but they’re not letting pitchers get away with throwing bad pitches. They’re sitting back and driving the ball. I’m really pleased with how we’re hitting.”

The Trojans and Tigers were in a slugfest in the opener, as Marshall tagged 17 hits and Worthington (3-9 overall, 0-8 SWC) had 15. A six-run top of the fifth inning by Worthington cut Marshall’s lead to 11-10, but Marshall added a run in the bottom of the fifth and eight more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Along with Louwagie’s big game, Callie Graff chipped in offensively by going 2-for-4 with a double. She also earned the win in the circle, going all six innings. She struck out seven batters and walked two.

The Tigers’ offense returned for the second game, but they cleaned up their act on defense to keep Worthington in check. After committing three errors in the first game, Marshall had a clean sheet in the second game on their way to a 12-2 victory.

Marshall’s Miranda Fischer got the start and pitched five innings of five-hit softball. She struck out two batters and only gave up two walks. Offensively, Fischer nearly had as many hits as her opponent, going 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple.

The Tigers had 13 hits in the game, including four extra-base hits. Amy Welu and Jayme Citrowske added a double and a triple, respectively.

Along with how his offense produced, Houseman was also pleased with the Tigers’ effort in the circle.

“(Worthington) had good hitters, the top of their order was nothing to sneeze at,” Houseman said. “Callie did a good job and only gave up a couple of walks, and Miranda came in in the second game and did a good job as well. They got their hits, but we limited them to mostly singles.”

Marshall continues a stretch of eight games in six days on Thursday when the Tigers head to Luverne for a Southwest Conference doubleheader against the Cardinals.