SALEM, Va. – A two-run sixth inning and a four-run seventh by Saginaw Valley State, combined with another superb performance from Jade Fulton, propelled the Cardinals past North Georgia 7-1 on Saturday in an elimination game.
SVSU got on the board in the second for the game’s first run. Jillian Peterson walked and eventually wound up on third thanks in part to a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. She came home on Kailah Happ’s sacrifice fly to center field for the 1-0 advantage.
Jade Fulton seemed to stay strong despite pitching earlier in the day. She kept the Lady Saints off the board until the fifth.
In North Georgia’s at-bat in the fifth, Katherine Martin belted a solo round tripper, knotting the game at one apiece.
However, the Cardinals would swoop in and snag two runs in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead.
Natalie Wellman led things off with a single. After another single and a passed ball, she found her way to third base. Wellman came home on a sacrifice fly by Marcy Medina for a 2-1 lead. Monica Gathright then singled, driving home Peterson to extend the lead.
The Cardinals broke open the close game in their half of the seventh. Ashley Coffin doubled and came home on Wellman’s single. Wellman moved to second and after a walk, scored on Medina’s single. Finally, Gathright put the game out of reach when she doubled, driving in Peterson and Gathright for a commanding 7-1 lead.
Fulton earned her second win of the day. She allowed just one run on four hits while striking out 10. Sarah Phillips took the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits.
SVSU improves to 42-17 on the season and will advance to face UC San Diego tomorrow for a berth in the national championship. The Cardinals need to defeat the Tritons twice to advance to the title game.
The Lady Saints finish their season at 53-11.