The St. Catharine College softball team staged a last inning rally to beat IU-Southeast in the second game of a doubleheader at home Friday. But that was the only game Holly Smith’s team could salvage in four games played at Salt River Electric Field last weekend.
The Patriots (4-6) dropped Friday’s opener to the Grenadiers by an 11-0 count in five innings before posting an 11-10 victory in the nightcap. On Sunday, Concordia (Mich.) won the opener 10-4 and the second game 11-7.
The Patriots travel to Union College today for a non-conference DH. They return to Mid-South Conference action Saturday with two games at Bluefield College. They are back at home Tuesday to host MSC rival Cumberland University in a twin bill starting at 2:00.
In Friday’s first game the Patriots managed just two hits in falling 11-0. The Grenadiers scored five runs in the second inning, two more in the fourth and ended the game due to the run rule with a four run fifth inning. Hagan Goldey doubled and Shelbi Thornhill’s single was the only other hit. Brittany McKee went the distance in the circle for the Patriots, allowing 11 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out three and walking four.
IU-Southeast (2-4) looked to be in a position for a sweep when they took a 10-6 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning of game two. But the Patriots sent nine players to the plate and scored five runs to win 11-10. Goldey and Taylor Steff each doubled in the inning and the Patriots took advantage of a walk and two errors. The final run scored when Emily Fenwick lofted a two-out fly ball that looked routine but fell untouched in right field to score Steff.
Goldey, Fenwick and Brandi hood each had three hits in the game. McKee, Steff and Thornhill had two hits apiece as the Patriots outslugged the Grenadiers 16-12. McKee was the winning pitcher as she relieved starter Ashley Hardin who pitched the first six innings.
Concordia (6-2) scored in every inning but the first in winning game one on Sunday 10-4. The Cardinals led 7-0 before the Patriots scored all of their runs in the sixth inning.
Goldey had three of St. Catharine’s six hits while Mckee, Thornhill and Chelcie Rein had one hit apiece. Mckee worked 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on five hits. She walked seven and fanned four. Hardin gave up three runs on four hits in relief.
In Sunday’s second game the Patriots grabbed a 4-1 lead after one inning as Goldey hit a solo homer and Steff blasted a three-run shot. But that lead wouldn’t stand as the Cardinals used 17 hits and four Patriots’ walks to claim the 11-7 victory. Concordia scored in every inning but the second against Hardin (4.1 innings) and Mckee (2.2 innings). It could have been another last inning comeback for the Patriots but the game had to be called for darkness with one out in the seventh inning. Goldey and Thornhill each had two hits in the seven hit attack for St. Catharine.