Softball hits nine home runs over weekend

Kayla Meyer

The St. Edward’s University softball team remains undefeated in the Heartland Conference with an 11-0 record. The Hilltoppers proved why they are first in conference as they tallied up a total of nine home runs on the road this past weekend.  

The St. Edward’s softball team (23-11, 11-0 HC)  played conference opponent Newman University in Wichita, Kan., and non-conference #18 Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan.

The Hilltoppers swept Newman in a three-game series on March 26-27. The team won the first game 5-0 with the help of sophomore Miranda Yeager, who hit a solo home run in the third inning, and freshman Brianna Bozon, who hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning.

The Hilltoppers kept the home runs coming as they won 16-0 in five innings in game two of the doubleheader.

St. Edward’s had 14 hits, including five home runs. Sophomore Meagen Bailey  hit two home runs. Junior Lexi Stephens and freshmen Sara Todd and Ally Valdez each hit a home run.

On March 27, the Hilltoppers won 13-0 in five innings to sweep Newman in the three-game series.

St. Edward’s got on the board early as senior Lisa Paul hit a home run, putting the team ahead 2-0. In the second inning, a home run by freshman Marissa Thome,  her second home run of the season, made the score 3-0.

An RBI single by Valdez and a two-RBI single by Bozen in the second inning made the lead 6-0.

An unearned run in the third inning and six runs in the fourth inning allowed the Hilltoppers to pick up the 13-0 victory.

On March 29, the Hilltoppers took on #18 Emporia State in a doubleheader. St. Edward’s did not come home with any victories, losing 2-10 and 0-2.

The Hilltoppers are set to take on a doubleheader against Angelo State on April 7 at 2 p.m. St. Edward’s will then play in a three-game series against Texas A&M International University. The doubleheader against the Dustdevils is set to begin at 2 p.m. on April 9, and game three will begin at noon on April 10.