Softball

Carly Benz hit a walk-off single in the Patriots 2-1 win over Cumberland.Carly Benz hit a walk-off single in the Patriots 2-1 win over Cumberland.

Patriots take two in dramatic fashion

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The Patriots softball team (11-25, 9-15 MSC) earned two important wins today against Mid-South Conference foe Cumberland (Tenn.), winning the first 2-1, and then 8-6 in the nightcap. The two wins today puts the Patriots in fifth place in the MSC standings over the Bulldogs (12-28, 8-16 MSC). If order to secure the fifth seed in the Mid-South Conference Tournament the Patriots will have to win at least one of the two tomorrow when the series concludes with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Senior day festivities will take place after the completion of the second game.

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The Patriots scored first in the opener with a run in the second to take a 1-0 lead. Krystal Cammuse shut down the Bulldogs until the top half of the seventh when they tied it up with a single run, but the Patriots would answer with a run in the bottom of the seventh when Carly Benz (Louisville, Ky.) came through with an RBI single to end it.

Cammuse (6-13), a Frankfort, Ky. native, was nearly unhittable against the Bulldogs. She struck out nine in her seven innings work allowing just an unearned run on one hit. Leah Newsom was also solid for the Bulldogs. Newsome went 6.2 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits.

The Patriot bats finally got going in the bottom of the second inning with a run on two hits. Shelbi Thornhill (Hardinsburg, Ky.) led off the inning with a double, she then moved to third after a ground out. Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) then reached on a walk and later stole second. Christina Day (Paducah, Ky.) also walked to load the bases. Katie Hansgen (Louisville, Ky.) then singled to score Thornhill from third. That would be all the Patriots would get in the inning after a pop out and a strikeout.

The Patriots would surrender a run in the top half of the seventh to tie the game. After back-to-back errors to open the inning, the Bulldogs had first and third with no one out. The Bulldogs attempted a double steal, but second baseman, Kelsey Brooks (Bloomfield, Ky.) gunned down the runner at home to give her team one out. The runner who was safe at second, however, moved up to third and later scored on a sacrifice fly knotting the game up a one.

The Patriots, however, battled back to get the run back that they gave up in the top half of the seventh. Christina Day reached on an error to begin the inning. Pinch-runner, Emily Fenwick (Lebanon, Ky.), then advanced to second on a Katie Hansgen sac bunt. Brandi Hood (Bardstown, Ky.) then singled to put runners at first and third. The Bulldogs were able to coax Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) into a pop out. A hit batter loaded the bases with two outs. Carly Benz then came through with a walk-off single to win it for the Patriots.

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Tiffany Wickline allowed a walk, a base hit, and another walk to load the bases in the opening inning. A groundout scored the runner at third, then the very next batter hit a three-run homerun to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead after the top half of the first.

The Patriots got two of the runs back in the bottom half of the first. Wickline led the inning off with a walk. Kelsey Gravens then doubled to put runners at second and third. A wild pitch then allowed Wickline to score and Gravens to move to third. Carly Benz continued to swing a hot bat with a base knock to score Gravens from third. That would be all the Patriots got in the inning.

St. Catharine gave the two runs back in the top of the second, but were able to match with two of their own in the bottom half of the second. A pair of walks to Day and Hood would put runners at first and second with one out. Gravens came through with a sharply hit ball that went in-between the shortstops’ legs to score both Day and Hood. Benz then popped out to end the inning.

Brittany McKee entered the game in relief in the top half of the third. McKee (4-1) was lights out, allowing just three hits in four innings of work. She got some help from her offense with a solo shot by Thornhill that cut the lead in half.

Pitching then took over until the bottom half of the sixth when the Patriots scored three runs on three hits. Krystal Cammuse led the inning off with a base hit. Jessica Burgess (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) was then called upon to pinch run and moved to third after a sac bunt and a ground out, respectively. Katie Hansgen was able to come through with an infield single and Brandi Hood followed that up with a two run shot to give the Patriots an 8-6.

The two runs proved to be more than enough for Krystal Cammuse. Cammuse entered in the top of the seventh and recorded the save in a 1-2-3 inning.

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