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Softball Grabs Top Spot with Sweep of Durham

ETOBICOKE – Humber softball (7-1, 1st OCAA) moved atop the OCAA standings with a home series sweep over the Durham Lords (7-3, 2nd OCAA).

Humber continued to ride its pitching staff, lowering its league-leading ERA to 1.59.

Game One: Humber 5, Durham 3
The Hawks struck first in the second inning when Alexa Vassos was walked with the bases loaded. Senior Meaghan Murphy followed with a two-run single to give Humber the early lead, 3-0.

The Lords responded in the fourth inning, scoring two runs off Humber ace Presly Buchanan, trimming Humber's lead to one. Humber wasn't fazed and added another run in the home-half of the fourth when Alexa Vassos roped an RBI double, scoring Julie Kostuch from second base.

Kate Kostuch added some insurance for the Hawks in the fifth frame, blasting a solo home run to deep left field.

The four-time defending champions would not go quietly in the final inning. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Emily Glendinning laced a deep drive to left field. Kate Kostuch raced back to the track to catch the ball before crashing into the fence, limiting the Lords to a sacrifice fly.

Game Two: Humber 1, Durham 0
A pitcher's duel ensued in game two, with both teams combining for only seven hits.

The lone run in the game came in the sixth inning when Sarah Franchetto was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, bringing her team-leading RBI total to six.

Meagan Muir continued her breakout 2019 campaign, picking up her fourth win of the season after scattering three hits over seven innings of work.

Game Notes:

  • Humber swept the Lords at home for the second time during the Coach Bowles era.
  • Meagan Muir recorded her second complete-game shutout of the season.
  • Humber's 7-1 start through eight games is its best start to a season since 2015.
  • The Hawks continue to struggle at the dish, hitting .299 as a team.

What's Next?
Humber will head on the road to face the Seneca Sting (0-8, 7th OCAA) on Sept. 17 for a doubleheader. Game one is scheduled for 6 p.m.