With the race for the final spots in the conference tournament heating up, the St. Catharine College Lady Patriots lost ground in the conference standings with heartbreaking 1-0 and 4-0 losses to the Campbellsville Tigers on Friday.
Going into Friday’s contest with the Tigers, Holly Smith’s Patriots had an opportunity to solidify their spot in the conference tournament by gaining ground on seventh seed Cumberlands. However, late inning mistakes would seal the fate of a Patriot squad clinging to eighth place.
In game one, Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.) displayed her ability to be the ace on staff against a loaded Tiger lineup. Cammuse threw a complete seven inning contest, surrendering only one unearned run on two Tigers’ hits, while striking out five hitters. Despite her stellar performance, a passed ball in the top of the seventh would allow the Tiger runner to advance into scoring position and eventually score on a hard hit single scoring the lone run of the contest. “This should have been a win for Krystal” said Head Coach Holly Smith. “This was a great pitcher’s duel and I feel like she has finally found her groove. Her consistency is allowing her to pitch well against good teams and we have to be able to make adjustments at the plate to win ball games.”
In game two the Patriot pitchers were the storyline once more, as the offense never could find an answer for the Tigers’ defense. After the Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) took the mound to deliver a stupendous performance in relief, surrendering only one run over four innings in the circle. However, the Patriots’ offense was only able to muster two hits off a dominate Tiger pitching staff. “Overall we played well, but our inability to make adjustments at the plate is killing us” exclaimed Holly Smith. “We pitched well in both contests and our defense competed, we just have to get better at the plate.”
The Patriots will have another chance to ground in the conference standings on April 22nd when they travel to Cumberland University to face a tough Bulldogs squad that the Patriots split with earlier in the season.