Coach Jen Bagley picked up her 400th career win as the Griffons went 4-0 over the weekend and extended their winning streak to 12 games.
“There are milestones you have in your career and it’s pretty neat, but when you look at milestones like that there is a lot that goes into those wins,” Bagley said.
When Bagley thinks over her new achievement, she thinks about the dedication and hard work put in by everyone involved with the program, especially her assistant coaches.
The Griffons swept Pittsburg State 5-2,4-0 and Missouri Southern 3-1, 4-3 on Friday and Saturday.
It was the solid pitching of Jackie Bishop and Janie Smith that only allowed two total runs in the first doubleheader. Freshman Smith had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning before it was broken up and she pitched the first shutout of her career.
Homerun hitting carried Western through the second doubleheader with Southern as Tiffany Gillaspy and Maegan Roemmich hit one while Keri Lorbert hit two over the fence. Lorbert is two homers shy of breaking the all-time career record at Western.
“We don’t purposely coach to hit home runs,” Bagley said. “I don’t plan a game thinking that someone will hit one, they are just bonuses.”
This season’s Griffons have utilized scoring runs with one swing of the bat more than teams from the past.
“The whole team is hitting the ball more solid this year and the ball is going over the fence a lot more,” Lorbert said. “It’s good to have runners on base when we do that and they are doing a good job at being on base.”
The homerun ball provides excitement in the dugout and helps to reenergize the players with adrenaline.
“It helps to keep us excited and on our toes during the game,” Gillaspy said.
The Griffons improved to 24-8 on the season after winning 12 consecutive games.
“I don’t think we’ve reached our peak yet,” Lorbert said. “I’m a firm believer that there’s always room for improvement and we come to practice every day trying to become better.”