Patriot softball sweeps and is swept

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By SCC Sports Information

The St. Catharine College softball team opened Mid-South Conference play last Tuesday with a sweep of the visiting University of the Cumberlands.

Holly Smith’s squad saw their conference record evened Saturday when Georgetown claimed two wins at Salt River Electric Field.
The week left the Patriots with an overall mark of 4-4 to go along with the 2-2 conference slate. They are at home today in a non-conference doubleheader against Union College. Thursday they are at Campbellsville for a conference doubleheader, and Saturday they are back at Campbellsville for three games in a tournament hosted by the Tigers.
In Tuesday’s first game against Cumberlands (3-11, 0-6) the Patriots held on for a 3-2 win as Ashley Hardin and Courtney McHolan combined for a strong pitching performance. Hardin allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings, and Hardin tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the save.
Kasie Prather and Hagan Goldey each had two hits as the Patriots had seven hits for the game.
Tuesday’s second game looked like it would be a rout as St. Catharine scored 10 runs in the first inning,  but they didn’t score again until the sixth frame, and then held on for a 12-7 win.
Justine Paddock was 3-3 with two RBI in the game. Goldey and Chelcie Rein had two hits each, while Erika Adwell had two RBI and scored two runs. Megan Beecham was the starting pitcher, but after allowing seven runs, was relieved by Ashley Cardenas, who pitched the final 3 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to pick up the victory.
In Saturday’s opener against Georgetown (10-5, 6-0) the Patriots again bolted to an early lead with five runs in the first.
They were outslugged by the Tigers in losing 14-10.
Eleven of  Georgetown’s runs came in the fourth inning, as they connected for three 3-run homers.
McHolan, Hardin and Adwell each had two hits. Hardin and Rein each had three RBI.
Cardenas was the losing pitcher.
In Sunday’s second game the Tigers took a 4-0 lead after four innings and held on for a 6-3 win. Goldey was 4-4 and Taylor Steff 3-4 in the losing effort. Hardin took the loss in going the distance.
“We just couldn’t come up with a big hit in the two games, even though we got 10 runs in that first game,” said Smith. “We left 20 runners on base in the two games after only leaving 10 on in the Cumberlands doubleheader. That was the difference in those two days. And, of course, the home runs they hit. We have at least five players with home run power and have only hit one all year. And Georgetown hits three in one inning.”