Lady Vikings softball sweeps Sewanee

Alesa Hammaker, Campus Carrier Staff Reporter

Over the weekend, the Lady Vikings completed a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) four-game sweep over Sewanee: The University of the South Lady Tigers. The Vikings finished with a combined 22 hits in their last two games Sunday.

Freshman infielder Katie Rowland led the offense after going 3-4 with a double, two runs and three RBI. Sophomore first baseman Shelby Smith went 2-2 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs.

Smith said she was not surprised by her team’s success and said she felt they prepared well.

                                                                      Olivia Murphy, Staff Photojournalist
Freshman catcher Kenzie Fleming prepares to bat against Sewanee: The
University of
the South Tigers this weekend.  The Vikings swept Sewanee
across all four games they

“Looking at the scouting reports before the game, we knew it was important for us to use our bats and focus on having errorless defense,” Smith said.

Although the games might not have been as intense as the Vikings wanted, the team was able to focus and improve individually and as a team. Senior outfielder Sara Vigue recorded her first homerun of the season Sunday. Vigue said she felt their coach prepared them well mentally.

“Each weekend that we go into our games, Coach has encouraged us to focus on specific areas of our game,” Vigue said.  “For this game she told us to focus a lot on keeping energy. When playing four games in a weekend, that can sometimes be challenging.”

However challenging, the Vikings were able to make it look flawless, scoring four homeruns for the weekend and pitching 3-4 shutout games. Assistant coach Tonya Medders complimented the team’s success and their work ethic.

“We have a team full of girls that want to improve and work hard.” Tonya said. “When you have a team like that it is hard to be surprised when you see success.”

Vigue said the games against Sewanee were majorly beneficial in helping  boost the team’s confidence. “We have a strong offensive team, and Coach really had us focus on defense before we go in and play Millsaps.” Vigue said.

The Vikings (17-5, 9-0) travel to play the Millsaps College Majors in a four-game series in Jackson, Miss. this weekend. They will play two games  on Saturday, March 29 and the next two on Sunday, March 30.

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