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The St. Catharine College softball team remains at .500 for the season in all respects. The Patriots are 8-8 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-South Conference. Last week Holly Smith’s team continued the break-even pace with a 2-2 week in two conference doubleheaders.
After dropping both games at Lindsey Wilson on Thursday, the Patriots swept a twin bill at Bluefield College on Saturday. St. Catharine travels to Union College today for a non-conference doubleheader and plays at non-conference opponent Brescia University on Friday. They return to MSC play Saturday when they host Pikeville in a doubleheader starting at 1:00.
The Patriots were able to collect only 10 hits in Saturday’s Mid-South Conference softball doubleheader in Virginia. But that was more than enough as the St. Catharine pitching throttled the Rams’ offense in winning both games by the score of 4-1.
Freshman Brittany McKee was the first game star in the circle as she held the Rams (6-14, 1-5) to only two hits. The Somerset, Ky. native walked one and struck out five, allowing only a first inning run.
McKee (3-4) had given the Patriots a 1-0 lead in the first inning as her ground ball scored Hagan Goldey who had singled and stole second. The Rams tied the score in the bottom of the first inning but that was the only run McKee would allow.
It was McKee’s bat again that gave the Patriots (8-8, 2-2) the lead for good when her two-run single in the third inning scored both Goldey and Brandi Hood. The Patriots completed the scoring with a fourth inning run when Hood drew a bases loaded walk that scored Ashley Hardin.
Sat. Catharine had only five hits again in game two but that was enough for another 4-1 win as Ashley Hardin allowed only a seventh inning run to the Rams. Hardin, a senior from Louisville, gave up nine hits but Bluefield stranded 10 runners as she repeatedly worked out of trouble, including a bases loaded, no-out jam in the first inning.
The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Taylor Steff’s sacrifice fly scored Goldey. They made it 2-0 in the fourth inning when Chelcie Rein was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on an Emily Fenwick ground out. Holly Smith’s squad plated two insurance runs in the seventh inning when Steff belted a two-run homer, scoring Goldey in front of her.
The Rams loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom, of the seventh but could only get one run as Hardin induced a double play grounder to end the game. Hardin walked two batters and had five strikeouts in improving her record to 3-2.
The day started well Thursday for the St. Catharine College softball team in Columbia when they scored five runs in the first inning against Lindsey Wilson College. But the Patriots never scored again in taking an 8-5 loss in the opener and a 9-0 defeat in game two.
The Blue Raiders (18-4, 4-2) wasted no time in answering the Patriots’ first inning outburst as they scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. They added their final five runs in the fifth inning.
Starting pitcher Ashley Hardin surrendered all eight runs in pitching 4.1 innings. Brittany McKee allowed one hit in 1.2 innings of relief.
Five players had one hit apiece, all singles, for St. Catharine. Shelbi Thornhill, Chelcie Rein and Hillary Dwyer each had one RBI in the first inning rally.
The Patriots (6-8, 0-2) also managed just five hits in the 9-0 loss in game two. Rein had two of those including a double while Hagan Goldey, Brandi Hood and Taylor Steff had one each.
Lindsey Wilson had 11 hits as they ended the game in the sixth inning with three runs. McKee went the distance in the circle for the Patriots, allowing the nine earned runs, while striking out three and walking four.