Georgetown, Ky. – The St. Catharine softball team (16-16, 3-7 MSC) put an end to their six game skid when they got a split with Georgetown (Ky.) on Saturday afternoon.
The Patriots won the opener 9-1 to end their skid, but the Tigers (17-11, 8-2 MSC) battled back winning the second game 12-1 in five innings.
Game 1: St. Catharine 9, Georgetown 1
St. Catharine scored three runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the 9-1 victory over the home team. Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) got back on track in the circle. Wickline (9-7) fanned eight in six innings allowing one unearned run on five hits.
The Patriots jumped on the Tigers early with two runs in the first inning. After a walk and a single to open the inning, Carly Benz (Brooks, Ky.) ripped a two-run double giving her team the 2-0 lead.
Georgetown scored a run in the third inning, but the Patriots answered with one of their own in the fifth. With the bases juiced, Lynsie Clark (Morgantown, Ky.) was hit by a pitch that forced home a run making the lead 3-1.
St. Catharine scored three runs on four hits in the sixth inning. Kelsey Gravens (Mt. Washington, Ky.) pushed the first run across with a sac fly, then two batters later, Benz was back at it with a two-run single to make the lead 6-1.
The Patriots capped off their nine runs with three more in the seventh inning. Miranda Whelan (Palmyra, Ind.) opened the inning with a solo home run, while Tiffany Wickline and Emily Fenwick (Lebanon, Ky.) each hit an RBI single to cap the inning off.
Georgetown attempted a comeback in the seventh, but Jennifer Ortega (Delano, Calif.) closed the door by getting the last three outs to seal the 9-1 victory.
Emily Fenwick led the way at the plate going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Carly Benz pitched in with two hits, four RBI’s and a run scored. Tiffany Wickline helped her own cause at the dish going 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs, while Kelsey Gravens and Lynsie Clark each finished with one RBI.
Game 2: St. Catharine 1, Georgetown 12
The second game didn’t go quite as well for the Patriots as the Tigers scored six runs in the second and fourth innings to come away with the 12-1 win. Jennifer Ortega (5-7) took the loss after allowing six runs – five earned – in 1.2 innings pitched.
St. Catharine got on the board first with a run in the first inning. Tiffany Wickline led the inning off with a walk, then three batters later, Carly Benz was back at with an RBI double giving her team a 1-0 lead after one complete.
The lead for the Patriots, however, was short lived after the home team put together two big innings to come away with the win.
Tiffany Wickline made her way back to the circle in second inning. Wickline tossed two innings allowing four runs on three hits. Casey Grant (Fort Mitchell, Ky.) recorded the final out, but not before allowing two runs – one earned – on two hits.Up Next: The Patriots are back in action this Tuesday when they host Mid-South Conference foe Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. ET at Salt River Electric Field.