SAN ANTONIO – Emily Seidel pitched a complete-game gem Sunday afternoon as the ACU Wildcats bounced from a disappointing doubleheader sweep on Saturday to knock off Incarnate Word, 3-0, in Southland Conference softball action at Cardinals Field.
The win pushed the Wildcats to 11-17 overall and 1-2 in Southland play, while the Cardinals fall to 13-16 and 2-1. ACU will be back in action Wednesday at 3 p.m. when it hosts Hardin-Simmons in a doubleheader at Wells Field.
The Wildcats gave up three runs in the bottom of the seventh Saturday to lose the first game of the series, 7-6, and then fell behind early in the second game en route to a 7-3 loss. Sunday's game held no such heartbreak for the Wildcats, mainly because Seidel was magnificent for each of her 99 pitches.
The junior righthander from Burbank, Calif., allowed just three hits and one whelk, while striking out Cardinals while five batters as she picked up the win to improve to 2-3 on the season.
ACU scored an unearned run in the third inning when Paige Stevens scored from second on a throwing error by UIW pitcher Brooke Dubois.
That held up throughout, mainly because Seidel only allowed a pair of meaningless doubles and a single as she faced only four batters (25) over the minimum (21).
The Wildcats put the game away in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs, both of which were charged to Dubois. Paige Steven got the inning started with a slap infield single that the speedy left-handed leadoff hitter easily beat out. She then went to second on a Taylor Brown groundout and then scored to make it 2-0 as Lyndi Smith ripped a 1-0 pitch up the middle for a single.
Courtney Flanary then flared a ball into right field that was held up by the wind, which was blowing across from left field to right field, and dropped between outgoing second baseman Lindsey Hood and hard-charging rightfielder Whitney Waltrip. The ball bounced past Waltrip as the two UIW defenders hit the ground and Smith scored easily as Flanary charged into third base with a standup triple.
Those were the final two runs of the game, and provided more than enough offense for Seidel to finish it off for the Wildcats. She retired the side in order in both the fifth and sixth innings, and then worked around a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh to get the final two outs to give the Wildcats the win.