Patriot softball starts season at 3-5

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By The Staff

SCC Sports Information

Now that the wintry weather has finally subsided, the St. Catharine College softball team finally has been able to play. And play they did last week with eight games in six days. Holly Smith’s team was on the winning side of three of those games as the Patriots finished week one of the season at 3-5.

“Our pitching is very young, and you can tell by the way that we played defense that we haven’t been outside much,” said Smith. “Our outfielders misplayed some balls and our infielders made some mistakes. For the most part we hit the ball, but gave up too many runs.

Pitching wasn’t thought to be a concern for Smith’s Patriots entering this season as junior Amber Matteoli was set to return after turning in a 14-12 record last year when St. Catharine won the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championship. But arm trouble has kept Matteoli off the mound so far. Smith said her ace might begin to throw in practice this week in hopes of getting her first start some time next week.

Pitching was definitely a concern last week when Smith relied on a trio of freshman arms to quiet the opponent bats. But the Patriots allowed 63 runs in the eight games. “You expect to win games in softball when you score 12 runs,” said Smith.

The Patriots did score 12 runs in two different games last week, and lost both of them. They plated 46 runs for the week.

The 2010 campaign started last week at Centre College where the Patriots split a doubleheader with the Colonels. After winning the opener 6-2 the Patriots lost the nightcap 13-12.

The home opener was Tuesday when Oakland City University (Indiana) visited for a twin bill. St. Catharine won the first game 10-9, but fell 13-12 in the second game. The day was highlighted by Hagan Goldey’s offensive outburst. The freshman from Garrard County High School was 7-7 in the two games with six runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and eight runs batted in. For the week Goldey batted .500 (12-24), scored nine runs, had 12 RBI’s and three homers. Her output earned her MSC Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Davenport University (Michigan) visited Friday for a doubleheader and silenced the Patriot offense all day. Davenport freshman Sam Cole pitched the first perfect game in the school’s history as the Panthers topped the Patriots 10-0 in the first game. The visitors won game two 8-1 as the Patriots managed seven hits, three of them by Jessica Ricketts.

In Saturday’s doubleheader against visiting Shawnee State (Ohio), the Patriots won the opener 3-2 but lost the second game 6-1.

“We couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it,” said Smith. “We left the bases loaded twice in each game.”

The Patriots host Midway College today in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Thursday begins conference play as Pikeville visits for two games starting at 1 p.m. Another conference doubleheader is slated for Saturday at the University of the Cumberlands. Sunday the Patriots are back home for a non-conference twin bill against Brescia starting at 2 p.m.