Southwestern picked up its first softball win since early in the season 5-1 over visiting Jac-Cen-Del Thursday in Hanover.

The Rebels played nearly flawless softball and got a strong pitching performance from Emily McCane to beat Jac-Cen-Del in the first of back-to-back games between the two Ohio River Valley Conference foes.

"We didn't have any mental mistakes. They got a couple of baserunners on base and our catcher Katie Conover did a good job of knocking them off," Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. "We're starting to come around and playing better."

Southwestern got two runs in the third when Josie Barnett singled and later scored on Tyler Smith's grounder that was errored. Smith then scored on Michela Brown's single.

The Rebels got two more in the fourth when Ashley Desch and Conover reached on back-to-back bunt singles and Desch scored on an error. Conover was then plated by Barnett's RBI fielder's choice.

Shaye Geer doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning for Southwestern's final run.

McCane struck out six and walked one while allowing six hits in the complete-game effort.

Barnett and Desch had two hits each to lead the offense.

"We're starting to get hits from other people in the lineup and it really takes the pressure off our top hitters," Ralston said. "We're going to need that."

Southwestern, now 2-16 overall and 1-5 in ORVC play, plays Jac-Cen-Del again today, this time in Osgood.

Red Devils blank Cubs

Madison's softball team was on the wrong end of a Hoosier Hills Conference road game Thursday losing 8-0 at Jeffersonville.

Jeffersonville scored in the bottom of the first inning to make it 1-0 before adding five runs in the fourth and two in the fifth for the decisive victory.

The Lady Cubs produced five hits in the contest with Cadie Povaleri leading the way with a pair of single. Bree Barnes, Kaitlin Brown, and Annelise Hackney had one hit each.

The Red Devils collected 11 hits in the ballgame. Emma Coons had three base hits with two runs scored and two RBIs to stand just a home run short of hitting for the cycle.

Emily Gray, Marley Edwards and Kayleigh Thomas had two hits each for Jeff while Janel Nelson and Tifany Sheets had a hit each. Thomas drove in three runs.

Brown starting in the circle for Madison and was tagged with the loss. The Madison hurler threw five innings, giving up eight runs - three earned - on 11 hits while walking one and striking out two.

Thomas was the winning pitcher for Jeffersonville, throwing a complete game five-hit-shutout while striking out five.

Madison (10-7, 2-3 HHC) hosts Clarksville today.