Vikings Split Doubleheader With Green Bay

Vikings Split Doubleheader With Green Bay

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State softball team earned its first Horizon League win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Green Bay in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Viking Field.

Green Bay won the nightcap, 7-6, taking two of three games in the series. The Phoenix was the home team this weekend as the games were orginally slated to be played in Green Bay, but were moved to Cleveland due to unplayable field conditions in Green Bay.

CSU is now 11-19 this year and 1-2 in the Horizon League, while the Phoenix is 6-20 overall (3-3 HL).

Macy Kaisk earned the win in game one, firing a complete game. She gave up two runs on six hits with one strikeout.

Green Bay struck first with a run in the first inning, but Kait Gairing and Mackenzie Joecken had back-to-back RBI singles in the second inning to give CSU a 2-1 lead.

Joecken added another RBI single in the fourth to extend CSU's lead to 3-1, but the Phoenix sliced the lead back to one run (3-2) run a tally in the sixth, but could not score the tying run as Kaisk won her third game of the season.

Joecken finished 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, while Marissa Marcelli, Mel Woodard, Bailee Gray and Gairing had one hit each.

In the nightcap, Green Bay used single tallies in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 3-1 lead.

The Vikings scored in the third inning when Gairing led off with a double and scored on Joecken's RBI single.

CSU took a 4-3 lead with three runs in the fifth, but the Phoenix came right back with four runs in the bottom half of the fifth to regain a 7-4 lead.

Emery Sipe's solo homer in the sixth cut the Green Bay lead to 7-5 and Gray's two-out RBI single in the seventh pulled CSU within one run at 7-6. Sipe followed with a walk to put runners on first and second, but the runners were strandard.

Riley Ries and Woodard both went 2-for-4 in game two.

CSU is back in action next weekend when the Vikings host UIC for a three-game series at Viking Field.