After seven games, the Badgers winning streak has finally come to an end.
The softball team was at home to start the weekend, playing two games against the Carleton Ravens on Saturday, winning the first game 12-1 and the second 9-4.
The Badgers dominated the first game but it took them until the fifth inning to take the lead in the game two. Lena MacDonald was the starting pitcher for the Badgers, but was pulled after surrendering four runs in the first inning. Katie-Ann Oberle got the win for the Badgers, allowing zero runs on four hits.
The Badgers trailed 4-3 heading into the fifth before Lane Padovan hit a two-run homer on the first pitch of the at-bat to give Brock a 5-4 lead.
The sixth inning went without a run from either team. The Badgers solidified their win with four runs in the seventh.
Sunday saw them play two games against McMaster. The Badgers blew out the Marauders, coming away with a 9-1 victory. The second game was where the streak ended.
The Badgers lost 5-3, the closest any of their games have been all season.
The women’s strength has been, and will remain, their hitting. Well placed, well timed hits have been their bread and butter since the start of the season. Emily MacDonald, who plays third base, led the team in offense all weekend with five hits and nine RBIs.
The Badgers still have options for pitchers, but Katie-Ann Oberle and Rachel Seguin remained a dynamic duo, combining to strike out six hitters.
They will play four more road games next weekend. The first two will be a double header against the University of Windsor, and the third and fourth against Western.
Their 7-1 record ties them for second place in the OIWFA, though they lead the league in runs per game with 9.8 (79 overall) and have the lowest number of runs against at 16.
Windsor will go into the weekend with a 2-6 record, while Western remains at the top of the standings. They just barely trail the Badgers in runs per game with 8.8 (also 79 overall but they’ve played one more game than Brock).
The team still has their eyes on the playoffs. They came away with the bronze last year and will hope to achieve similar, if not better results this postseason.