St. Catharine College softball coach Holly Smith is not sure how the schedule was created that had her Patriots playing the top three teams to open the Mid-South Conference season. She is just glad that the murderous stretch of games is over.
After dropping a doubleheader at Campbellsville on March 3rd, the Patriots tangled with perennial powers Lindsey Wilson and Georgetown last week. And the results were the same as the Patriots were swept in each twin bill.
In Saturday’s doubleheader against visiting Georgetown the Patriots used the long ball to account for all four runs on the day. But the three homers were not enough as Georgetown won by scores of 12-2 and 6-2.
The Tigers (10-2, 2-0) used a pair of six-run innings in the opener to win in six innings. They plated six runs in the second inning off starter Ashley Cardenas and scored six more times, just three earned, off reliever Amber Matteoli in the sixth inning.
The Patriots managed five hits, one by five different players. Their only two runs of the game came on a sixth inning homer by freshman third baseman Carrie Wilkerson.
The second game started promising as Kasie Prather opened the game with a solo homer. And, after the Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the second frame, Chelcie Rein tied the score in the bottom of the second with another solo shot. But that was it for the Patriots’ offense and the Tigers score once in each the fourth and sixth innings sandwiched around a two-run fifth inning for the final 6-2 win.
“Our pitching hasn’t been good at all but when we do get good pitching like we did in this one our defense lets us down,” bemoaned Smith.
Krystal Cammuse allowed Georgetown just five hits but the three Patriot errors led to three unearned runs.
Prather had two of the Patriots’ five hits.
The Patriots are back in action Tuesday with a conference game at the University of the Cumberlands.