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.
- 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.
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.