By ANDRES MARTINEZ
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
The Quincy University softball team showed what it is capable of in a 5-1 win Tuesday over Illinois-Springfield in Game 1 of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader at the Mart Heinen Softball Complex.
In Game 2, the Lady Hawks showed what has plagued the team: inconsistency. UIS pitcher Brittany Sitton no-hit QU in the nightcap as UIS snagged a 1-0 victory.
"That's kind of what the history of this season has been," Lady Hawks head coach Charlene Obert said. "We either bring it or we don't bring it."
In Game 1, the Lady Hawks were out hit 6-5, but hit four home run off of UIS pitcher Cheyanne Bowman, a Payson Seymour graduate and the 2012 Herald-Whig Player of the Year.
Alanna Viken hit two round-trippers, and Lauren Francis and Jill Suellentrop also homered for QU (12-18, 7-9 GLVC).
The Prairie Stars jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Lady Hawks were quick to respond. Viken, a sophomore shortstop, hit the first of her homers in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Suellentrop followed suit in the bottom of the second to give the Lady Hawks a 2-1 lead.
"It was my first at-bat. I was trying to get a feel for what she was throwing," Suellentrop said. "It was my first pitch, and I knew I had to wait on it."
After the Lady Hawks added a run in the third inning, Viken added another solo homer in the fifth. Senior pitcher Lauren Francis helped her cause and added a solo home run in the sixth. Francis struck out nine in a complete-game six-hitter.
In Game 2, the QU's offense went cold. The Lady Hawks reached base six times -- four times via walks and twice on errors -- but were unable to drive in a run.
In the fifth inning, the Prairie Stars struck for the lone run. Chelsea Minor reached on an error and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She reached third on a sacrifice bunt. Minor scored on a passed ball.
Wendy Macias threw a three-hit complete game but couldn't get any run support.
"I don't worry about the victories or losses," said Macias, who struck out 10 batters and walked none. "I just focus on the next pitch. Once it's in the past, it's done."