FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST. CATHARINE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SOFTBALL TAKES THREE OF FOUR
With all late season games critical to post-season seeding, the St. Catharine College softball team answered the bell last weekend by winning three of four Mid-South Conference games at home. After splitting a pair Saturday against Rio Grande, Holly Smith’s squad swept a twin bill Saturday from Shawnee State on Sunday.
The 3-1 weekend places the Patriots firmly in eighth place in the MSC which is important in that eight teams qualify for the post-season tournament. There are 10 games remaining on the conference schedule. Six of those games are within the next week as Smith’s squad hosts Lindsey Wilson today (Wednesday) and Campbellsville on Friday. Tuesday they travel to Cumberland University.
“We are executing better on offense which comes at a good time with so many important conference games left,” said Smith. “This was probably the best weekend we have had all season.”
St. Catharine (14-21, 10-16) opened the weekend Saturday with a 7-2 win over Rio Grande. The Patriots scored once in the second inning and never trailed. Krystal Cammuse (4-9) tossed a gem as she held the RedStorm (18-11, 11-8) to only three hits and one earned run while fanning 12 batters. Brandi Hood delivered the big blow of the game with a sixth inning grand slam that made the score 7-0. Brittany McKee had two of the Patriots’ six hits.
In Saturday’s second game the RedStorm bounced back to take a 5-2 decision. The Patriots mustered just five hits, Cammuse with two of them including a homer. McKee took the loss, allowing eight hits and five runs, three earned in 6 1/3 innings.
Sunday’s opener against Shawnee State (19-16, 11-13) saw the Patriots take a 4-3 win. Seven different players had one hit each for St. Catharine. Jessie Crouch homered and Taylor Steff and Tiffany Wickline doubled.
Cammuse picked up the victory in the circle but only with relief help from McKee. The visiting Bears trailed 4-1 entering the seventh inning but a two run shot made the score 4-3 and brought McKee in to relieve Cammuse with no outs. The sophomore from Somerset, Ky. retired all three batters she faced to pick up the save, her first of the year.
In game two Sunday the Patriots mounted a stirring comeback for a 6-5 win. They trailed 5-0 entering the fifth inning. A single by Wickline scored Davelynn Day and then Cammuse then blasted a grand slam to tie the game.
Cammuse struck again with the game winner in the seventh inning. Ramie Goldey singled to open the inning and was sacrificed to second by Steff. Goldey went to third on an infield single by Shelbi Thornhill and scored on a walk-off single by Cammuse.
McKee allowed all five runs, four earned, in her 4 1/3 innings. Wickline (3-9) picked up the victory as she tossed scoreless ball and allowed just one hit in 2 2/3 innings in the circle.
“For the most part we had good pitching all four games,” added Smith. “And we are doing the little things right like sacrifice bunts and hit and runs. We have talked all year about making small adjustments at the plate and I see our players now figuring that out.”