Despite three extra-base hits from senior Kaleigh Furbush, USCB softball dropped a pair of Sun Conference games Saturday, falling to Webber International 1-0 and 3-1 on the road.
The opening game was a phenomenal pitcher’s duel between the Warriors’ Kayla Swinson and USCB’s Ally Muraskin. The Sand Sharks had opportunities to strike in the fourth and fifth innings with runners on base in each frame, but the visitors couldn’t find the clutch at-bats to bring their teammates home.
Webber International broke the stalemate in the bottom of the sixth with a Mary-Margaret Maggard triple to right-center before the junior scored on a USCB error to grab the 1-0 lead. Rachel Frankhouser poked a single through the left side in the seventh to load the tying run, but Swinson shut the door the rest of the way to preserve the Warrior win.
Muraskin delivered a phenomenal effort for USCB, allowing just two hits in six innings while striking out six batters. Furbush excelled at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
Webber International struck early in the rematch, as Maggard crossed home plate on a double-steal in the first inning to go up 1-0 before Victoria Atkinson added another on an RBI-double in the third. The Sand Sharks had several chances to cut into the deficit but stranded four on the basepaths in the fourth and fifth innings combined.
Furbush continued her red-hot play in the sixth with a solo blast marking her third extra-base hit in the series to trim the lead in half, but the Warriors quickly restored the two-run margin with an Abigail Thompson solo homer in the bottom half. Emma Maitland wasted no time finishing it off in the seventh, spinning a 1-2-3 frame to clinch the doubleheader sweep.
Maria Molloseau put together another solid performance on the mound for the Sand Sharks, pitching four innings and allowing just two runs while picking up five strikeouts. Libby Carey pitched well in relief, giving up only two hits in two innings while Furbush led the offense again with a solo home run.
USCB (9-9, 1-3) returns to action Monday for another Sun Conference doubleheader at Thomas.
By Wes Kerr