St. Catharine College softball coach Holly smith labeled them as “the two best games we have played all year”. Unfortunately those games last Tuesday were against a talented Tiger team from visiting Campbellsville University and they ended in losses for the Patriots.
With legitimate chances to win each game, St. Catharine fell 6-4 in game one and 10-9 in the nightcap. The losses dropped the Patriots to 0-12 in the Mid-South Conference and 9-23 overall. Campbellsville improved to 6-1 in the MSC and 22-12 overall.
“We played a team tough that will be in the national tournament,” said Smith. “I am excited about the way that we played except for a couple of key pitches. “We can beat any team on our schedule if we can play like that.”
In the first game the Tigers did most of their damage in the sixth inning when they scored five runs to take a 6-2 lead. The Patriots scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Brandi hood paced the patriot offense with two solo homers. Carrie Wilkerson also had two hits and two RBI’s. Starting pitcher Ashley Cardenas was the tough luck loser as she surrendered a pair of tow run homers in the Tigers’ sixth inning rally.
The Patriots were unshaken by the tough loss as they battled again in game two. Campbellsville took a 7-2 lead after three innings off starting pitcher Amber Matteoli. The Patriots cut that deficit to 7-5 with two runs in the fifth inning.
The Tigers looked built the lead back to five runs at 10-5 with three runs in the sixth inning but St. Catharine again answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. But that 10-9 Campbellsville lead held up as the Patriots stranded the potential tying and winning runs on base in the seventh inning.
Hood and Wilkerson were again hot at the plate as they each had three hits in the Patriots’ 15 hit attack. Kasie Prather, Hagan Goldey, Chelcie Rein and Amber Matteoli had two hits apiece. Prather, Rein and Taylor Steff all homered for St. Catharine.