SCC softball begins

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By The Staff

SCC Sports Information

The St. Catharine College softball team has already had three doubleheaders postponed due to inclement weather. And, just as the weather has been up and down, so has Holly Smith’s Patriots who are off to a 2-4 start. After getting swept in the season opening DH at Bellarmine, Smith’s group responded with a sweep at Alice Lloyd College before losing twice at Union.

“We just didn’t swing the bats at all against Union,” said Smith whose team lost 10-0 and 6-0. That followed a good offensive showing at Alice Lloyd where the Patriots won the twin bill by scores of 12-1 and 11-4.

The Alice Lloyd victories, the first NAIA wins in the school’s history, came easy as Amber Matteoli dominated on the mound for the Patriots in the 12-1 opener. The sophomore right-hander allowed three hits, one walk and struck out 12, a career high, in the five-inning game. “Five of her strikeouts were looking, she had lots of movement and that is why she was successful,” Smith said.

At Union College last Wednesday nothing was moving for the Patriots who failed to score in 12 innings of softball. “Their pitching was outstanding,” said Smith of the Union staff who is now 4-4 for the season. “They were the best we have seen this season. We just couldn’t put the bat on the ball.”

In the 10-0 defeat in game one, Kasie Prather and Matteoli singled for the only two SCC hits. Katelin Mulloy started her first college game pitching and allowed seven hits and walked two.

In the second game Megan Cheuvront had two hits including a double and Matteoli doubled for the only St. Catharine hits. Shay Mangan took the loss for the Patriots although she allowed only one earned run. She exited with the bases loaded and Matteoli allowed a grand slam in relief.

“Overall we didn’t play that bad. Mangan pitched a good game and Matteoli just missed a couple spots and they took advantage of those mistakes,” said Smith. “The bottom line is you can’t win if you don’t put the bat on the ball and that is what happened to us.”

The Patriots will have plenty opportunities to put the bat on the ball in the coming days. Following their home opener which was played yesterday against Alice Lloyd, the Patriots are home again today with their first Mid-South Conference doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. against Pikeville.

Sunday they host Brescia in a twin bill starting at 2 p.m. On Monday the Patriots travel to Midway College for two games.