BILLINGS — Cameron Cassinelli is now Montana State Billings' home run career leader for women's softball.
A pair of Cassinelli home runs and excellent pitching performances from Maddy Lincoln and Megan Dettling earned the Yellowjackets two wins over the Saint Martin’s Saints on Sunday.
In Game 1, Cassinelli carried the Jackets to a walk-off win with a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the seventh netting MSUB a 1-0 win. In the second game, Cassinelli had a two-run round-tripper, which paired with a Brittanee Fisher solo shot to back a 3-2 complete-game victory for Dettling.
MSUB improved to 18-18 overall and 8-7 in the GNAC, while Saint Martin's is now 20-17, 10-10.
The wins make MSUB one of three league teams with a record above .500 and put them in position to earn a GNAC Tournament bid.
Cassinelli’s first home run of the day was the 36th of her career surpassing Kelly Parsons for MSUB’s career record. The senior is now the Yellowjackets’ all-time leader in home runs and RBIs.
Lincoln earned her team-leading ninth win of the season, eclipsing her total of eight from her freshman season. The sophomore is just two strikeouts away from surpassing her mark of 72 from last season. In 19 starts this season, the left-hander has three shutouts after the Yellowjackets recorded zero shutouts in 2017.
Fisher and Cassinelli each hit their seventh home runs of the season as the duo separated themselves from a four-way tie for the team lead at the beginning of the week. Fisher’s total is now greater than Cassinelli’s freshman mark of six home runs.
Dettling totaled seven strikeouts in Game 2 and retired the first six batters on strikes. The senior has five games with seven or more strikeouts this season and has fanned 85 batters in 87.1 innings.