For the St. Catharine College softball team, the Mid-South Conference portion of the schedule is now over. And Holly Smith’s squad finished in fine fashion with a doubleheader sweep Tuesday over the visiting University of the Cumberlands.
The Patriots avenged an earlier sweep at Cumberlands by posting a 11-5 win in the opener and a 12-4 win in six innings in the nightcap. It was a banner day offensively for Kasie Prather and Taylor Steff who combined for 13 of the 30 hits the Patriots pounded out in the twin bill.
In both games Cumberlands opened with three runs in the first inning. In game one they made it a 4-0 lead after their second at-bat but the lead was short lived. St. Catharine scored twice in the second inning, on an Amber Matteoli homer, and added four runs in the third to take the lead for good.
Ashley Cardenas started in the circle for the Patriots but lasted only 1/3 of an inning after allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. Matteoli came on in relief and finished the game, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out 12.
Prather, a senior center fielder from Lancaster, Ky., was 4-4, including a home run, with three runs scored and three RBI’s. Steff, a sophomore from Louisville, was 3-4 with two runs scored. Shelbi Thornhill also had two hits for the game.
After the visitors took the quick 3-0 lead in game two, St. Catharine tied the score in the bottom of the first. Prather homered to lead off the inning and Steff followed later with a two run shot.
Patriot pitcher Krystal Cammuse settled down after the first inning to allow just one more run. The freshman right hander surrendered seven hits, fanned seven and walked three in tossing the complete game that went six innings due to the run rule.
Prather and Steff each had three hits while Thornhill, Cammuse and Ashley Hardin had two hits apiece.
The two wins allowed St. Catharine (21-29, 8-16) to move into sixth place in the
Mid-South Conference. If the standings remain as they are (some teams still have conference games remaining) the Patriots would open the conference tournament against third place Shawnee State. The tournament begins April 26th at Millennium Park in Danville.
The Patriots conclude the regular season with two more doubleheaders at Salt River Electric Field. Thursday they host Oakland City University and Sunday they play Brescia University.