St. Catharine softball hits five-game skid

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By The Staff

SCC Sports Information

The week started out well enough for Holly Smith’s St. Catharine College softball team. The Patriots split a conference doubleheader at Pikeville on Tuesday and returned home to take the opener of a twin bill against conference foe Lindsey Wilson on Thursday. But they dropped the second game Thursday and then were swept in doubleheaders at Brescia and Campbellsville on Saturday and Sunday.

“We really didn’t play that bad in any of them,” said Smith whose Patriots are now 20-18 overall and 6-6 in the Mid-South Conference. “Our pitching wasn’t as good as it has been but that is what happens when you play the best, and Campbellsville is definitely the best in the conference.”

After dropping a 7-0 decision in the opener at Pikeville (12-16, 5-7) the Patriots bounced back to win the second game 5-3. With the score tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning Jessica Rickett’s squeeze bunt scored Laura Mattingly and then Kasie Prather blasted a home run for the final margin. Shay Mangan was the winning pitcher.

Back home Thursday against Lindsey Wilson the Patriots won the first game 6-5 when Justine Paddock drove in Mattingly with a two-out, bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh. That made a winner of Katelin Mulloy who pitched three innings of scoreless relief. It was the first win for the freshman from Louisville.

In the second game, a seventh inning rally fell just short as the Blue Raiders (18-13, 9-7) held on for a 9-8 win. The Patriots entered the final at-bat trailing 9-5 and scored three runs before leaving the tying run on first to end the game.

In a non-conference DH at Brescia Saturday the Patriots fell 5-3 and 4-2.

“They bunted the ball all day long and we eventually misplayed some which opened the door for some runs,” said Smith. Brescia

Bunting was not a factor Sunday at Campbellsville where the host Tigers won 9-2 and 12-3. Campbellsville hammered eight home runs in the two games as they improved their overall record to 28-5-1 and their conference mark to 12-1-1.

“They just hit everything we threw up there,” explained Smith. “We tried to pitch around some of their best hitters by keeping it way outside but they reached out and hit it, one time for a home run.”

Shay Mangan did homer for the Patriots in the first game but that was the only long ball they had for the day.

St. Catharine will be back in action at home today with a doubleheader against Asbury starting at 3:00. Thursday they are at home against Union College starting at 2:00. It is back to conference play Saturday at Georgetown and then the Patriots host Campbellsville Tuesday at 2:00.