Lady Patriots Get First NAIA Wins On The Road

The St.Catharine College Lady Patriots, traveled to the eastern part of Kentucky to take on Alice Lloyd College in doubleheader action.  The Lady Patriots came out ready to play as the bats were hot. Junior Megan Cheuvront opened the game with a single and 2 stolen bases. Freshman Kasie Prather walked and Sophomore Amber Matteoli got a sac fly to center field for an RBI to score Cheuvront. Sophomore Justine Paddock got a RBI single to score Prather. Junior Mary Kate Hayes reached on an error and Junior Casey Crouch got an RBI. The Lady Patriots took the led 3-0 after the first inning.

In the 2nd inning Freshman Jackie Schuler singled as Sophomore Jessica Ricketts hit into a fielder's choice. Ricketts stole 2nd and scored on a RBI single by Cheuvront.

Going into the 3rd with a 4-0 led the Lady Patriots didn't stop swinging the bats as Paddock ropes a double followed by Hayes who also belts a double for a RBI as pinch runner Freshman Emily Bucklew crossed the plate. Crouch reached on an error that allows Hayes to score. Freshman Laura Mattingly hits a one hopper to the fence for a RBI triple. Ricketts then reaches on an error and Cheuvront singles and steals 2nd before the inning is over.

Matteoli walks in the 4th and Schuler reached on an error in the 5th. The Lady Patriots go into the 6th inning with a 7-0 led. Cheuvront again singles and steals 2nd. Matteoli reaches on an error as Cheuvront crosses the plate. Paddock also singled and Hayes reached on a fielder's choice and then stole 2nd.

Alice Lloyd put their first run on the board in the 6th inning. Mattingly doubles to lead off the 7th inning and crosses the plate off a RBI triple by Ricketts. Cheuvront walks which allowed Prather to get a RBI single scoring RickettsMatteoli lines into the gap for a 2 RBI double and Junior Candace Harlan replaced Paddock and singled. 

Matteoli started on the mound for the Lady Patriots only allowing three hits, one walk, and a career high of 12 strike outs. "Five of Matteoli's strike outs were looking, she had lots of movement and that is why she was successful. I am very excited to see her hit her career high so early in the season." said Head Coach Holly Smith.

Cheuvront went 4 for 4 with a walk and 5 stolen bases. Paddock went 3 for 4 with a double. Mattingly went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. The Lady Patriots went error free during Game 1.

In Game 2 the Lady Patriots went with a completely different line up.  Freshman Emily Bucklew lead the game with a single, followed by a long shot out of the park by Junior Sharonda Mangan, the first homerun of the season by the Lady Patriots, for 2 RBI's. Freshman Gerina Steele followed that with a line drive double. The Lady Patriots went ahead 2-0 after one inning.

Freshman Nicole Mills led the next inning by taking a pitch to the elbow. Freshman Devin Gore then singled and both Gore and Mills advanced on a passed ball. Bucklew singled scoring Mills for a RBI. Freshman Brooke Thompson walked and both Gore and Bucklew crossed the plate on separate passed balls. Mangan then doubled scoring Thompson for a RBI and got thrown out advancing to third.

Alice Lloyd puts up 1 run in the 2nd inning, making the score 6-1 in the Lady Patriots favor.

Steele leads the 3rd with a single followed by a walk by Freshman Amber Ross. Mills bunts for a hit and is safe at first when Gore singles scoring both Steele and Ross for 2 RBI's. Harlan then grounds out scoring Mills for a RBI. Thompson singles scoring Gore for a RBI as the Lady Patriots put 4 more runs on the board in the 3rd.

Alice Lloyd puts 1 run up in the 3rd inning and only scoring 2 runs off starting pitcher Mangan. Freshman Katelin Mulloy came into pitch in the 5th inning allowing 2 runs to score, one earned run and one unearned run, before Mangan returned to the mound in the 6th inning.  Ross walked in the 4th and Mangan singled in the 6th inning.

Ross, Mills, and Gore all singled in the 7th inning and Mills scored on a passed ball. This brings the final score to 11-4 Lady Patriots.

Mangan went 3 for 4 with a single, double, and a homerun with 3 RBI's (a triple away from the cycle). Steele went 2 for 4 with a double. Ross went 1 for 2 with 2 walks. Mills went 2 for 3 and got hit by a pitch. Gore went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. Mangan allowed only 6 hits, one walk, one intentional walk, and had 7 strike outs. Mulloy allowed 1 hit, 1 walk, and had 1 strike out.

Head Coach Holly Smith comments after the game: "We had two very well played games today. I saw a lot of leadership out of my upper classmen today. Cheuvront has been an excellent lead off hitter thus far going 4 for 4 with a walk today. Matteoli pitching very well and breaking her career high of 11 strike outs. Mangan also pitching very well and hitting the first homerun as a NAIA school. Even with the two completely different line-ups our bats were really working both games. I thought everyone played well but I was very impressed with the freshman class. All of this shows great things for the future of St.Catharine College Softball."
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