“Jordan came in and gave up two hits the rest of the game. She was fantastic,” stated SUU head coach Kyle Magnusson. “She has pitched like that a few times.”
The Thunderbirds jumped out in front during the day’s first contest after Taylor Dumas crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the opening frame and took advantage of a couple of Grand Canyon miscues in the second to add the advantage. Junior Lyndsey Healey came around to score on a hit to center from Katie Greenberg. She and Cora Cordova each scored another run on a pair of errors to make the count 4-0.
Grand Canyon erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 9-4 and never looked back. Eight different batters recorded an RBI for the home team during the rally, including Nicole Newbury who drove in two with a hard-hit single up the middle.
Greenberg (0-3) pitched into the fourth inning, and was charged with seven earned runs on seven hits, before giving way to junior Ashley Ostler. Sophomore Kailey Regester (4-0) picked up the win in relief for GCU after tossing five scoreless innings.
Nevada started the second game with a 1-0 lead after Erin Jones hit a single to the gap in right to bring in Caylin Campbell from second. SUU came back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the first when Kadi Henderson put a ball deep into left field to score Sara Park with a sacrifice fly.
The Wolf Pack pulled ahead again with three runs in the second, but the T-Birds rallied with four of their own to claim a 5-4 advantage. Park started the scoring with an RBI single and Henderson brought in Dumas with a ground out RBI. Madison Resley drove in two more with a base-hit to left to put Southern Utah in front.
Resley was at it again in the bottom fourth as she sent a ball over the wall in left center with two runners on to extend the margin to 8-4. Nevada picked up a two run homer of its own from Megan Sweet in the final frame, but those would be the only two runs allowed by Theurer in her 5.1 innings of work as she recorded the final out to seal the 8-6 victory for the Thunderbirds.
SUU handed Megan Dortch (4-1) her first loss after combining for eight RBI on eight hits. The Wolf Pack pitcher recorded two strikeouts over 4.2 innings before being replaced in the circle by Karlyn Jones.
Resley finished the day 4-for-6 at the plate with five RBI and a 1.167 slugging percentage. She now leads the T-Birds with three home runs on the years as well as 13 runs driven in.
“Madi has been our best hitter, she has been the most consistent,” commented Magnusson. “Taylor (Dumas) was awesome, got on base and made a couple of plays. She is definitely earning the chance to play.”
Southern Utah closes out the tournament on Sunday with another matchup against Nevada at 10:00 a.m. (MT) followed by its last shot at Grand Canyon at 12:30. Coverage of SUU softball is available online at www.suutbirds.com.