The softball Patriots (7-8, 5-3 MSC) discovered the definition of “cardiac softball” in their weekend home stand as they battled in thrillers with the University of the Cumberlands and Georgetown College.
In their first series of the weekend, the Lady Patriots were set to do battle with a much improved Cumberlands squad. Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.) gave a pitching clinic as she fanned six Patriot hitters in her seven innings worked. Unfortunately Cammuse, St. Catharine offense wouldn’t produce a run on their two hits to offset the one run scored by Cumberlands forcing a 1-0 loss.
Despite the offense sputtering in game one, the Patriots in purple found their offensive stride as they plated nine runs on 13 hits to seal a 9-7 victory. St. Catharine jumped ahead early with four runs in the bottom of the third when Jesse Crouch (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) kicked things off with a single to spark the run rally. Later in the game Tiffany Wickline (Georetown, Ky.) would solidify the Patriot lead by way of the long ball, as she smacked the lone homerun of the day. On the mound Wickline sent five batters to the dugout via the strikeout, while only surrendering three earned runs to seal the St. Catharine victory.
Much like game one of the Cumberland’s series, game one of Saturday’s Georgetown matchup was one for the books. Cammuse held the Tiger’s bats quiet over the first three innings until they were able to squeak home two runs in the top of the fourth by a hit and a passed ball. However, despite Cammuse’s stellar performance, that consisted of five innings with nine strikeouts, passed balls would become the enemy of the Patriots as four unearned runs crossed the plate for the Tigers along with two earned to push the lead out to 8-0. Unfortunately for the Patriots, their offense would only muster three hits, resulting in the 8-0 “run rule” finish.
The real dandy would come during game four would nine innings would be needed to settle the fight. After loading the bases in four of the first seven innings played, the Tigers would only manage two runs in regulation thanks to the stellar performance by the Patriot defense and the arm of freshman Tiffany Wickline. After falling behind 2-0 the Patriot offense would finally find life as Taylor Steff (Louisville, Ky.) scampered across the plate followed by Cammuse to tie the game at two. However, despite a stellar performance from Wickline in her 8.1 innings pitched, the Patriot pitcher would run out of gas in the ninth when the Tigers would break out for four runs to seal a 6-2 victory.
The Patriots will hit the road for their first conference road trip of the season when they travel to the Buckeye state to face Shawnee State University on March 18th and the University of Rio Grande on March 19th. The Patriots will then travel to rival Campbellsville on March 20th to complete the long road trip.