Thursday, March 15, 2012


             The Patriots softball team traveled to Williamsburg to take on the University of the Cumberlands in a Mid-South Conference doubleheader on Tuesday and returned with two losses. They got back on the winning track Wednesday with a win at Oakland City University (Ind.) but lost the second game of the doubleheader there.

            Holly Smith’s squad now stands at 8-14 overall and 0-8 in the Mid-South Conference. This weekend they will play in Campbellsville University Classic where they will play five games.

            On Tuesday, Cumberlands was able to notch their first two wins of the season as they swept the doubleheader by scores of 2-0 and 3-2.

            “We just didn’t hit the ball all day,” said Smith. “We got pretty good pitching but our defense played horribly and we couldn’t score any runs.”

            Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.) allowed just one earned run on six hits in the opener. She walked three and struck out six. Taylor Eastridge (Salem, Ind.) and Morgan Whobrey (Louisville, Ky.) had two hits each in the Patriots’ seven hit attack.

            In the second game Cumberlands (2-13, 2-2) overcame a 2-1 defecit with two runs in the fifth inning for the 3-2 win. Ashley Cardenas (Santa Ana, Calif.) went the distance, allowing nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Taylor Steff (Louisville, Ky.) had two of St. Catharine’s six hits and Hagan Goldey (Lancaster, Ky.) had a solo homer..

            The Patriots broke out of their slump in Wednesday’s first game with an 8-1 at Oakland City. Kasie Prather (Lancaster, Ky.) had three hits in the game including a grand slam. Goldey had a two-run homer and Ashley Hardin (Louisville, Ky.) had two hits.Amber Matteoli (Union, Ky.) pitched a complete game to pick up the victory.

            In game two Oakland City (2-6) outslugged the Patriots in winning 8-6. St. Catharine had 11 hits but couldn’t contain the Mighty Oaks offense.

            “We had two defensive mistakes that really cost us,” said Smith. “They were tough plays but if we make them we would have saved three runs.”

            Goldey had two hits including a homer. Brandi Hood (Willisburg, Ky.) had three hits and Cardenas and Prather had two hits apiece. Steff and Carrie Wilkerson (Whitesville, Ky.) each had a double.