NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Weather in Middle Tennessee has cleared enough for Belmont University Softball to finally return to action. The Bruins (19-6, 0-2 OVC) host SIUE (13-10, 4-0 OVC) in a makeup doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at E.S. Rose Park.
SIUE comes to Music City looking to add to its OVC win tally after going 4-0 to open league play. The Cougars stand at 13-10 overall. SIUE is led at the plate by Zoe Schafer, who is batting .413 with 26 hits, six doubles, one triple, six homeruns and 19 RBI. Bailey Concatto is right behind her batting .379 with 25 hits, two doubles, and one homerun.
Inside the circle, Emily Ingles leads the pitching corps, tossing 89.1 innings with 78 strikeouts, three shutouts and an 8-5 record.
SIUE leads the all-time series, 9-3. The teams split in Edwardsville one year ago.
Belmont has six batters hitting over .300, led by senior Lexi Rouse (Macon, Ga.), batting .394 with seven homeruns, 28 hits, eight doubles, a triple and 23 RBI. Classmate Jess Andree (Darien, Ill.) is right behind, sporting a .359 batting average with 28 hits, two doubles, one triple and six home runs. Sophomore Bailey Sims (Flowery Branch, Ga.) is right behind them both, batting .326 with 28 hits, four doubles, one triple and nine RBI.
Inside the circle, sophomore Brooklin Lee (Burns, Tenn.) remains the Bruins' ace, tossing 97.2 innings, recording a whopping 117 strikeouts to the tune of a 1.29 ERA and a 10-2 record. Rouse sports a 6-1 record and a 1.75 ERA after tossing 40.0 innings with 16 strikeouts.
Several players have distinguished themselves in national statistical categories, including Lee, who is No. 4 in shutouts and 34th in strikeouts and junior Hayley Baker (Rockwall, Texas) who is ninth in sacrifice flies.
Saturday's first pitch of the doubleheader with the Cougars is slated for Noon. Live stats will be available and the games can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network.