Cowgirls take doubleheader

By By Albert Burford / American Press

A few afternoon showers didn’t dampen the red-hot McNeese State offense Saturday at Cowgirl Diamond.

The Cowgirls claimed both games of a doubleheader, 9-1 in five innings and 5-3.

McNeese (18-9) fell behind 1-0 in the third inning of the second game after triples from FIU’s (19-10) Rebekah Sanchez and

Stephanie Texeira.

Alanna DiVittorio got the Cowgirls right back in it with a two-run homer to left field to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the

third.

Rain fell throughout the majority of the second game.

“It’s an aspect both teams had to deal with,” DiVittorio said. “We knew it was going to be a slick ball and pitchers were

going to struggle a little more. When it’s there, take advantage of it.”

McNeese added three runs in the fifth inning when DiVittorio doubled to open the inning and scored from third on a passed

ball. Taylor Goree’s RBI double drove home the fourth run and Katie Roux doubled to score Goree.

The game got tight in the top of the

seventh when an error and a walk put runners on first and second with no

outs for FIU.

Jamie Allred entered in relief for Rachel Smith and McNeese

allowed two runs, but ended the game at 5-3 with a running catch

by left fielder Lauren Langner.

“With her speed, she gets to that ball well,” said McNeese coach Mike Smith. “It started rising, so if she was 5-1, I don’t

know if she would have got to that ball. She used her whole 5-4 frame to catch that ball at the end.”

In the first game, McNeese jumped out to an 8-1 lead with four runs in each of the first two innings. The Cowgirls added another

run in the third to make it 9-1 and held that scoreline until the fifth inning when the run rule went into effect.

Ashley Modzelewski ended the game 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. Goree went 3-for-3 with two runs

and an RBI and Roux added another two RBIs and a run.

“Our girls came in swinging the bats well,” Smith said. “The last game (against Houston Baptist), we had some hits but we

just didn’t get hits in key situations. Today, that changed a lot.

“We’ll take these wins. They’re a great

team. They play in a strong Conference USA. They have some big wins.

That’s a good

club, so those are some good wins for us. I’m really happy all the

way around with what we did today. We came out with a good

game plan of being aggressive at the plate and putting pressure on

their defense.”

The series will wrap up at 11 a.m. today. McNeese also won both games of a Southland Conference doubleheader against Houston

Baptist in dominating fashion on Wednesday this week before dropping the series finale Thursday, something Smith said the

Cowgirls have grown from.

“We chalked that last series up to a learning experience,” he said. “The girls get it. The coaches get it too. That was a

tough one to take. They’ve learned from it and we’re excited about the direction we’re headed right now.”