Behind a sparking two-hitter from sophomore pitcher Jayme Eilers, the Golden Warriors recorded a big 2-1 NIB-12 West victory at Ottawa Wednesday.
Eilers (6-3) struck out nine and did not walk a batter over seven innings, throwing 102 pitches.
Sterling (15-8, 7-2) took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single from Lexy Staples, before Ottawa tied it on a solo homer in the fourth. SHS scored what proved to be the game winning run with two out in the top of the seventh when Grace Gould singled home Cheyenne Harrington from third base.
The Golden Warriors have a one-game conference lead over Geneseo with four games to play.