It was the long ball Saturday that led St. Catharine to a sweep of Mid-South Conference rival Pikeville. The Patriots connected for six home runs in winning 17-9 and 9-0. The two wins extended the Patriots’ win streak to six games as they improved to 12-8 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
In game one Chelcie Rein, Brittany McKee Brandi Hood each homered once and Shelbi Thornhill went deep twice in the 17-9 victory. The big inning for St. Catharine came in the third when they scored seven runs in taking a 14-5 lead. In the inning, Hood had a three-run double and McKee and Rein each had a two-run homer.
Hood’s two-run double in the fourth inning helped the Patriots to a 17-7 lead and they ended the game due to the run rule in the fifth even though the Bears (6-13, 3-7) scored two runs in the top of the fifth.
McKee was the winning pitcher as she worked the first four innings, allowing seven runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking one and striking out two. Krystal Cammuse, back after two weeks off due to a knee injury, pitched a scoreless fifth inning, fanning two and allowing one hit.
In game two the Patriots continued their power play but they also got a good outing in the circle in posting the 9-0 shutout. Ashley Hardin pitched 3.2 innings to get the win. She allowed three hits with a walk and a strikeout. Thornhill pitched one-third of an inning and Cammuse worked the final frame.
St. Catharine got all they needed in the first inning as they dented the plate five times. Rein had a three-run homer in the inning and the Patriots were helped by four Pikeville errors. Rein had three hits and four RBI’s in the game. Hood had two hits including a double and Taylor Steff had two hits including a triple.
St. Catharine moved to third place in the Mid-South with the two wins. They are currently two games behind second place Lindsey Wilson (7-1). Campbellsville leads the conference with a 10-0 mark.
The Patriots are scheduled to play at conference foe Georgetown on Tuesday and at non-conference rival IU-Southeast on Wednesday.