The Patriots softball team split a doubleheader Thursday at Salt River Electric Field against Oakland City University. St. Catharine took game one 5-1 but dropped the second game 8-7 in eight innings. The split gives the Patriots a 22-30 record as they finish the season Sunday at home with a doubleheader against Brescia University.
Freshman pitcher Krystal Cammuse limited the Oaks to five hits in the first game. She also provided all of the offense she needed with a two run homer in the fourth inning that gave the Patriots a 2-0 lead. Chelcie Rein also hit a solo homer in the fourth. Brandi Hood hit a solo shot in the fifth inning and the Patriots added an unearned run in that frame for a 5-0 lead.
Cammuse struck out nine and walked two in the complete game.
In the second game the Patriots rallied from a 7-2 deficit with two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to tie the game to tie the game. But Oakland City plated a run in the top of the eighth and the Patriots were unable to dent the plate in the bottom of the inning.
Laura Mattingly had three hits including a home run as the Patriots collected 10 hits. Rein also homered and had three RBI’s. Amber Matteoli also homered and had two hits and two runs batted in and Taylor Steff had two hits including a double.
Ashley Cardenas started for the Patriots but gave way to Matteoli in the fifth inning after giving up seven runs on seven hits. Matteoli took the tough loss as the Oaks’ eighth inning run was a result of a Patriot error.