One could feel the explosion coming, it just took some time to build. And then it happened.
A seven-run outburst in the sixth inning helped the Notre Dame softball team secure an 11-1 victory over homestanding Teurlings.
With the win, Notre Dame improved to 11-4, while Teurlings fell to 8-11.
The Notre Dame bats were hot from the start, but Teurlings starter Lorin Martin keep her team in the game by limiting the Pios to two runs through the first five innings.
But the Rebels, couldn’t match Notre Dame’s offense. Largely because of Norte Dame starting pitcher Marcella Gossen’s stellar performance.
Gossen surrendered just one run on six hits and struck out two in seven innings.
“She controls both sides of the plate very well,” said Notre Dame coach Ashley Ray. “She’s a leader out there for us despite being a sophomore.”
In Notre Dame’s big sixth inning, the Pios sent 11 batters to the plate.
The Pios used six hits, a walk and some defensive errors by Teurlings to put the ball game out of reach.
After the seven-run sixth, Notre Dame added two insurance runs in the seventh.
Notre Dame pounded out 14 hits led by Mima Doucet. She had a two-run home run, two doubles and a walk. Kennedy Smith chipped in three hits. Kennedy also stole two bases.
Ray was proud of the way her team played, seeing Wednesday’s victory as a sign that her team is overcoming some early season adversity.
“We’ve had some rough patches, injuries and sicknesses this season so it was nice to see us get in a grove and play together. Everything came full circle today.”
Notre Dame pounded out five extra base hits.
Teurlings picked its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
After a two-out Sydney Manuel triple, McKenzi David came through with an RBI single to right.
Offensively the Rebels were led by Maggie Mikolajczyk, who went 2-for-3.
Notre Dame will host Opelousas Catholic on Tuesday. Teurlings meanwhile will travel to Beau Chene on March 29.