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With two doubleheader sweeps last week the St. Catharine College softball team has run its winning streak to six games. Holly Smith’s squad, 12-8 overall, won a pair at Union College on Wednesday and then swept Mid-South Conference rival Pikeville at home on Saturday.
The Patriots are now 4-2 in the Mid-South which boosted them to third place. Lindsey Wilson is in second place at 7-1, while Campbellsville heads the standings with a 10-0 mark.
The Patriots were scheduled to play Georgetown, who is in fourth place at 6-4, yesterday and then travel to IU-Southeast for a non-conference game today. They are back at Salt River Electric Field on Friday for a twin bill against Lindsey Wilson. Cumberland (Tenn.) visits on Monday for another conference doubleheader.
The St. Catharine College softball team climbed over the .500 mark Wednesday with two wins at non-conference rival Union College in Barbourville, Ky. Holly Smith’s squad took the first game 7-3 and won game two 11-9 to improve to 10-8 for the season.
The Bulldogs (10-12) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of game one off Patriot starter Ashley Hardin. But St. Catharine evened the score at 2-2 in the fourth inning and took a 3-2 lead in the fifth frame.
Union knotted the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, but the Patriots answered with a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh for the 7-3 win.
Hagan Goldey had four of the Patriots’ 11 hits, including a double, and Emily Fenwick had two hits. Seven different players knocked in a run each in the victory.
Hardin (4-2) allowed two earned runs on 10 hits in going the distance in the circle. She did not walk a batter and struck out three.
The Bulldogs took a 7-2 lead after three innings of the second game and still led 9-4 after four innings. But the Patriots scored three in the fifth, one in the sixth and three more in the seventh inning to post the 11-9 comeback win.
The Patriots had 13 hits as Goldey, Fenwick, Brandi Hood and Chelcie Rein had two each. Goldey, Shelbi Thornhill, Brittany Mckee and Grace Mills each had a double in the game. Goldey knocked in three runs while Mckee and Thornhill had two RBI apiece.
McKee started in the circle but lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing six runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Hardin picked up the win in relief as she gave up three runs on eight hits with one strikeout and no walks.
It was the long ball Saturday that led St. Catharine to a sweep of Mid-South Conference rival Pikeville. The Patriots connected for six home runs in winning 17-9 and 9-0.
In game one Chelcie Rein, Brittany McKee Brandi Hood each homered once and Shelbi Thornhill went deep twice in the 17-9 victory. The big inning for St. Catharine came in the third when they scored seven runs in taking a 14-5 lead. In the inning, Hood had a three-run double and McKee and Rein each had a two-run homer.
Hood’s two-run double in the fourth inning helped the Patriots to a 17-7 lead and they ended the game due to the run rule in the fifth even though the Bears (6-13, 3-7) scored two runs in the top of the fifth.
McKee was the winning pitcher as she worked the first four innings, allowing seven runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking one and striking out two. Krystal Cammuse, back after two weeks off due to a knee injury, pitched a scoreless fifth inning, fanning two and allowing one hit.
In game two the Patriots continued their power play but they also got a good outing in the circle in posting the 9-0 shutout. Ashley Hardin pitched three-and-two-thirds innings to get the win. She allowed three hits with a walk and a strikeout. Thornhill pitched one-third of an inning and Cammuse worked the final frame.
St. Catharine got all they needed in the first inning as they dented the plate five times. Rein had a three-run homer in the inning and the Patriots were helped by four Pikeville errors. Rein had three hits and four RBI in the game. Hood had two hits including a double and Taylor Steff had two hits including a triple.