The Patriots softball team (13-25, 7-15 MSC) recorded their second split in-a-row when took on Shawnee State. The Patriots began the four game set yesterday by taking one out of two from the home team. That trend continued today when they dropped the opener 1-0, but battled back to take the finale from the Bears (9-22, 3-17 MSC) 8-3.
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In the first game, neither team could get anything going offensively. The two teams combined for just eight hits in the game. Shawnee State scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the fourth to come away with the 1-0 victory.
The first game of the doubleheader turned out to be a pitchers’ duel. Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.) and Allie Chapman combined to throw 13 innings allowing just four hits apiece and one earned run. Cammuse (5-13), however, picked up the loss for the Patriots. She was masterful striking out 12 and allowing just one earned run in her six innings of work. Chapman (5-10) on the other hand was also masterful, going seven innings while allowing just four hits and striking out six.
It looked as though the Patriots were going to get out of the fourth inning unscathed after getting back-to-back fly outs to begin the inning, but the Bears did all their damage with two outs. After back-to-back singles, the Bears had runners at first and second with two outs. The very next batter also singled to push the go-ahead run across the plate. That would be all that Chapman would need.
The Patriots were poised to take the lead in the top of the seventh after Carly Benz (Louisville, Ky.) and Shelbi Thornhill (Hardinsburg, Ky.) led off the inning with a pair of base hits. A sacrifice bunt by Cammuse advanced the runners to second and third with one out. Chapman, however, worked her way out of the jam with a strikeout and a ground out to end the game.
Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) and Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) joined Benz and Thornhill in the hit column to give the Patriots four hits in the opener.
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The final game in the four game set proved to be an offensive showdown. This time the two teams combined for 11 runs on 18 hits. This time, however, it was the Patriots who came away with the 8-3 victory.
The Patriots struck first with two in the top of the third. After two quick outs the Patriot bats got going. Kelsey Gravens (Mt. Washington, Ky.) got it started with a solo home-run. After the home run, Benz doubled and later scored on a Thornhill base knock. It looked as though the Patriots would score more, but a strikeout ended the threat.
McKee led off the fourth inning with a single then, a wild pitch and a passed ball moved her to third. Emily Fenwick (Lebanon, Ky.) singled to score McKee from third and later moved to second on a stolen base. Katie Hansgen (Louisville, Ky.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Fenwick to third. Two batters later, Tiffany Wickline came through with a single to score Fenwick from third. The Patriots would then lead 4-1 after four innings.
Then in the top half of the fifth the Patriots would tack on another run. Benz led off the inning with a triple. Then Thornhill hit a sacrifice fly to score Benz.
The Patriots wouldn’t strike again until the top of the seventh when they put the game out of reach with three runs on four hits. Wickline led off the inning with a base knock and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Thornhill again came through with a two out base hit to score Wickline. Cammuse kept the inning alive with a single to score Thornhill. Brittany McKee then came through with a single to score Cammuse from second. That would prove to be more than enough for the Patriots as they came away with the 8-3 win.