SANTEE, Calif. – Late inning heroics was the name of the game Monday as the Hawks Softball team swept Occidental College 9-8 and 1-0 to improve to 6-0 on the season.
The Hawks needed three runs in the bottom of the seventh to overcome the 8-6 deficit in Game 1. SDC scored the three runs without converting an out. Morgan McGee started off with a single to right center.
Josie Tucker and Hannah Romanski each followed with a single of their own as Romanski's single scored McGee to make it a one run game. Krystal Hoham reached on a fielding error by the Tigers shortstop, which also scored courtesy runnerCathryn Canciller-Petty to tie the game at 8-8 before Samantha Baggett hit a single through the infield for the ninth SDC run and the win.
Tucker (3-0) went the distance throwing seven innings of work allowing 14 hits, eight runs, and striking out four.
Occidental College grabbed two runs in the top of the first for an early 2-0 lead. The Hawks scored two runs in the second and four in the third to lead the Tigers 6-2. Occidental scored six unanswered runs before SDC knocked in the three runs to win it in the seventh.
After an offensive explosion of 25 hits and 17 runs, Game 2 was all about the pitching.
Kenda Kuper (3-0) toed the rubber for SDC and also went seven innings of work. She allowed just five hits wile striking out six and only walking one batter. Only 12 hits were recorded in the game, five for Occidental and seven for SDC.
The lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning as Fox started off with a single through the right side. After stealing second she advanced to third on a passed ball. McGee then singled up the middle to easily score Fox for the 1-0 lead, which ended up being the game-winner.
The Hawks could have made it a bigger spread but Morgan Wheeler's line drive shot was caught on terrific play made by Occidental center fielder Alex Battest to leave two runners on the bags.
Kuper allowed just one base runner in the seventh as she worked through it to get a groundout to end the game.
The Hawks look to continue their early success of the program as they host Biola University tomorrow for a double header. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.