Consecutive shutouts lead GV softball past Rangers – Grand Valley Lanthorn

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The Grand Valley State University softball team (23-4) extended their winning streak to six on April 7, after sweeping the University of Wisconsin Parkside (5-23), beating the Rangers by scores of 7-0 and 6-0.

“I thought we were playing Laker softball; we had good pitchers, we had good defense, we threw the sticks and those were the three aspects of the game that we did well for the most part and did well today,” said coach Dana Callihan.

Junior Redshirt pitcher Hannah Beatus led the way for the Lakers in the first of two games, as she entered the final inning holding a perfect game. However, needing only another out, she had a wild pitch that allowed a UWP player to advance to first base, wasting Beatus’ chance for her second perfect game of the season.

Beatus said knowing the perfect match was on the line added no pressure heading into the final innings.

“You know where you are, especially in these situations, and either way (whether you get it or not), that’s cool,” Beatus said.

Beatus finished Game 1 with a no-hitter, his third of the season, helping him improve to 11-1 when starting in the circle for the Lakers.

“It’s nice (to have my third no-hitter) it’s just a testament to how amazing Morgan (Wagner) is and she works on it all the time,” Beatus said. “Our defense (played well) also to eat ground balls and make plays and get the job done.”

On the Lakers’ offensive side in Game 1, senior center fielder Bailey Thatcher made a perfect three-for-three, scoring two runs and adding an RBI. Redshirt junior catcher Morgan Wagner went three-for-four at home plate, while also scoring two runs.

Game 2 was a slow start for both teams, as GVSU led with a slim 1-0 advantage at the end of the fourth inning. The Lakers opened play in the bottom of the fifth, where they scored four of their six points in the second half of the doubleheader.

“I think we just knocked some balls in the holes (in the fifth inning),” Callihan said. “Earlier in the game we were giving them perfect shots and they made defensive plays on it.”

GVSU then scored one more run in the sixth inning, giving them a 6-0 lead going into the final set before holding Rangers scoreless again in Game 2 of the doubleheader.

Wagner again helped lead the way in Game 2, finishing with two hits and two RBIs. Sophomore third baseman Megan Koenigshof went two-for-three at the plate, adding a run and an RBI in the win.

The six-game winning streak comes after losing two games the previous week — one at Ferris State University and the other at Purdue University Northwest.

“I think we just play with confidence, we have swag, we do the little things well and once you can do those things and combine them all together then good things will happen,” Beatus said.

Looking ahead, GVSU will host Saginaw Valley State University (18-10) on April 9 to continue its GLIAC program.

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