Lady Patriots Start Conference Games 2-0 And Stay Undefeated At Home

The Lady Patriots softball team started the conference play in exciting fashion beating Pikeville 2 games to go 2-0 in the conference.  That is not the only thing that is exciting, they are also undefeated at home; 4-0.

In game one, Sophomore Amber Matteoli started on the mound and went 4 solid innings only allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strike outs.  Freshman Katelin Mulloy entered the game in the 5th inning allowing only 1 hit, 1 walk, and 2 strike outs to end the game 10-0. 

Back to back homeruns allow 5 runs to cross the plate as Freshman Nicole Mills had a grand slam, clearing both the bleachers and the bases for 4 RBI's.  Followed by yet another Freshman Kasie Prather, who hit solo shot for 1 RBI going 1-2 as Mills went 1-2.  Juniors Megan Cheuvront and Casey Crouch went 2-3. Cheuvront had a double and Crouch had 2 RBI's. Matteoli went 2-3 with 2 RBI's. Sophomore Justine Paddock went 1-2.  Freshman Gerina Steele went 1-1. Junior Sharonda Mangan went 1-1. Sophomore Jessica Ricketts had a walk. 

In game two, Matteoli continued on the mound again, going 4 innings. She allowed 2 hits, 4 walks, and 6 strike outs.  Mangan entered in the 5th inning as St.Catharine was down 3-0. Mangan allowed only 4 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strike outs in the 9 inning victory over Pikeville. The final score was 5-4 with Mangan picking up the win.

Cheuvront, freshmen Jackie Schuler and Prather, all three scored on a single by Matteoli and an a costly error in the field in the bottom of the 5 inning to tie the game up at 3-3. 

At the end of the 7th inning the score  remained 3-3.

Going into the International Tie Breaker were the last out starts the inning on 2nd base.  Pikeville scored the go ahead run in the top of the 8th to make it 4-3 but the Lady Patriots bounced back as pinch runner, Freshman Emily Bucklew, who started at 2nd base that inning advanced on Paddock's out and scored on Junior Mary Kate Hayes' out to 2nd base.  

The Lady Patriots held Pikeville from scoring in the top of the 9th and with one swing of the bat Prather who started the inning at second base scored on a RBI shot in the gap to right center by Cheuvront for the game winning hit.

Crouch had a double. Cheuvront, Matteoli, and Hayes each had a RBI. Mills was hit by pitch twice and Mangan once.

Head Coach Holly Smith's comments after the game: "I am extremely excited about these two wins.  All day today our hits were very spratic, we would get one hit here and one hit there. I am very proud of my two freshmen Mills and Prather, who got their first collegiate homeruns today. We did  a good job of finding hits when we needed them. Our defense has been pretty solid throughout the season including the glove of Hayes behind the plate. She has really lead our pitchers and I love how her confidence and her ability has grown. This is an excellent start to conference play."
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