FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University softball (14-6, 6-0 NACC) stayed perfect in NACC play defeating Edgewood 6-1 and 8-6, respectively.
The Sabres led for much of the opener of the twin bill with a late push giving the Sabres a convincing win. Freshman Peyton Loesch hit a sacrifice fly that scored sophomore Ally Fox to open the scoring in the bottom of the third before the Eagles tied the game the next half inning. A bunt from Fox combined with a throwing error on the play brought in sophomore Taylor Lauscher in the bottom of the fourth to give the Sabres the lead for good.
The Sabres were able to pull away late plating four runs in the sixth inning. A double steal situation with Fox on first and freshman Alexa Rodriguez at third brought in Rodriguez to open the inning. Junior Lindsey Strainis then brought in Fox with a single later in the at bat and she would later score on a wild pitch. A second wild pitch later in the inning then brought in sophomore Gianna Esposito to set the final at 6-1.
Sophomore Paige Rauhut (8-2) was dominant in the circle once again with the complete game victory as she only allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out six hitters. The top three hitters in the Sabre lineup went a combined 5-9 with two walks in the game with Fox and Esposito recording multi-hit games.
The Eagles looked poised to salvage a split in the series but another late rally from the Sabres gave Marian the sweep. The Eagles would strike for three in the first inning, one in the second, and one in the third as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
The Sabre bats could only manage two hits through the first four innings but managed to put up seven runs in the fifth to take their first lead of the game. Lauscher reached to open the inning before a double from Rodriguez put runners at second and third with nobody out. The Marian hitters then went patient as the Sabres were able to draw five consecutive walks to put themselves down only one run. Freshman Katy Croeker was the first out of the inning but managed to tie the game with a sacrifice fly that brought in Strainis.
In her second at bat of the inning, Lauscher then drove in Esposito with a two-out single to give Marian the lead. Another first and third situation then brought in freshman Becca O'Brien after Lauscher stole second in what proved to be the game-winner.
The Eagles cut into their deficit in the next half inning using a wild pitch to put themselves down 7-6 in the top of the sixth, but Marian padded their lead in the bottom half. Freshman Kenzie Waechter led off the inning with a double down the right field line and was brought in two batters later with a single from Strainis to set the 8-6 final.
P. Rauhut (9-2) did not allow an Eagle to reach in the final two innings as she earned the win in relief. Freshman Myranda Schuttenhelm also had a good appearance out of the bullpen throwing 4.0 innings only allowing three hits and one earned run.
Seven different Sabres recorded hits in the victory but no one would manage a multi-hit game. Strainis did close out the game going 1-2 with a run scored and two driven in, while Waechter also went 1-2 with two runs scored to lead the offense.
Marian is scheduled to travel to UW-Oshkosh for a single non-conference game Thursday, April 5 for a 5 p.m. first pitch.