The Patriots softball team (9-17, 3-7 MSC) accomplished something over the weekend that has never been done, earning a split with Mid-South Conference foe, Georgetown College. The teams played a four game set over the weekend and the Patriots took one-out-of-two both days from the visiting Tigers (8-6, 7-3 MSC).
The series tuned out to be a homerun derby and a run scoring fest for both teams. In the four games combined there were a total of 27 homeruns hit and a total of 100 runs scored. Head Coach, Holly Smith was excited with her team’s performance saying, “This is the first time that we’ve ever gotten a split with Georgetown. I am really proud of the girls and how they fought throughout the weekend.”
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In the opener of the series, the Patriots jumped out to a 15-2 lead before the Tigers came storming back with nine in the third, four in the fourth, and one in the fifth to take a 16-15 lead. The Patriots wouldn’t be denied after they scored two in the sixth to nail down the 17-16 victory.
Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) set the tone when she led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot to center. Then, Brandi Hood (Bardstown, Ky.) joined the party when she hit a grand slam to left. She would strike again in the second inning when she blasted another grand slam. Hood ended the game with a pair of hits and eight RBI’s. Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.) also had a solid day at the dish going 3-4 with two homeruns and five RBI’s. Shelbi Thornhill (Hardinsburg, Ky.) also pitched in with a game-high four hits and a run batted in.
Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) picked up the win for the Patriots. She came in for Cammuse and allowed six runs on four hits, with only two of those runs earned. Wickline entered in the seventh and recorded the save while punching out one.
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The second game proved to be a run scoring fest for the Tigers when they scored 26 runs on 20 hits. The Tigers jumped on the Patriots early and often with nine runs in the first and eight runs in the third and fifth innings.
Tiffany Wickline started the game, but didn’t make it through the first allowing nine runs on eight hits. The highlight of the game turned out to be in the third inning for the Patriots when Megan Wolford (Louisville, Ky.) belted her first career collegiate homerun. Carly Benz (Louisville, Ky.) also recorded a hit and a pair of RBI’s.
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The third game would play out like the opener of the series with fewer runs scored. The Patriots jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first inning, but the Tigers fought back and tied the game with four in the third and a pair in the fourth. The Patriots would battle back with two in the fourth to take the lead back, but Georgetown tied it back up with one in the sixth. The Patriots wouldn’t quit when they scored one in the sixth to come away with the 10-9 victory.
Krystal Cammuse continued her hot streak at the plate when she blasted a pair of homeruns for the Patriots. Cammuse ended the game going 2-3 and six RBI’s. Kolbi Mitchell (Winchester, Ky.) joined Cammuse in the home run derby when she blasted a solo shot in the first inning to straight-away center. Shelbi Thornhill gave the Patriots the lead in the sixth when she hit a sacrifice fly. McKee picked up the win for the Patriots going 3.2 innings and allowing one run on six hits.
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The Tigers took control of the final game of the series scoring in five of the six innings. The Patriots were unable to capitalize on the Tigers four errors and they also didn’t help their cause by leaving nine runners stranded on base.
St. Catharine made it interesting in the fifth when Brandi Hood led off the inning with a solo shot to center. The Patriots ended up scoring three more after the homerun, but they left the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Kelsey Gravens (Mt. Washington, Ky.), Mitchell and McKee each recorded and RBI in the game. Tiffany Wickline started the game and went 3.1 innings, she allowed nine runs on seven hits. McKee came in in relief and allowed five runs on seven hits.
The Patriots were scheduled to take on Cumberland University on Friday and Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans. The Patriots will now battle the Bulldogs on Thursday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. ET.