Mcneese State’s Kim Kennedy makes contact during a doubleheader against Florida International Saturday at cowgirl Diamond Kennedy was 1-for-3 in the second game. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 12:22 PMA 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.”