The Patriots were able to collect only 10 hits in Saturday’s Mid-South Conference softball doubleheader at Bluefield College in Virginia. But that was more than enough as the St. Catharine pitching throttled the Rams’ offense in winning both games by the score of 4-1.
Freshman Brittany McKee was the first game star in the circle as she held the Rams (6-14, 1-5) to only two hits. The Somerset, Ky. native walked one and struck out five, allowing only a first inning run.
McKee (3-4) had given the Patriots a 1-0 lead in the first inning as her ground ball scored Hagan Goldey who had singled and stole second. The Rams tied the score in the bottom of the first inning but that was the only run McKee would allow.
It was McKee’s bat again that gave the Patriots (8-8, 2-2) the lead for good when her two-run single in the third inning scored both Goldey and Brandi Hood. The Patriots completed the scoring with a fourth inning run when Hood drew a bases loaded walk that scored Ashley Hardin.
Sat. Catharine had only five hits again in game two but that was enough for another 4-1 win as Ashley Hardin allowed only a seventh inning run to the Rams. Hardin, a senior from Louisville, gave up nine hits but Bluefield stranded 10 runners as she repeatedly worked out of trouble, including a bases loaded, no-out jam in the first inning.
The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Taylor Steff’s sacrifice fly scored Goldey. They made it 2-0 in the fourth inning when Chelcie Rein was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on an Emily Fenwick ground out. Holly Smith’s squad plated two insurance runs in the seventh inning when Steff belted a two-run homer, scoring Goldey in front of her.
The Rams loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom, of the seventh but could only get one run as Hardin induced a double play grounder to end the game. Hardin walked two batters and had five strikeouts in improving her record to 3-2.
St. Catharine continues in conference play Saturday at home with a doubleheader against Pikeville.