FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST. CATHARINE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION Tuesday, February 17, 2009
SOFTBALL OPENS WITH TWO LOSES ON THE ROAD
The St.Catharine College softball team had a change in schedule due to the nasty weather expected on Wednesday and headed to Louisville, KY Tuesday, February 17 to take on the Bellarmine Lady Knights.
Sophomore Amber Matteoli started on the mound for the Lady Patriots. Junior Megan Cheuvront started the game by reaching on an error and the next three batters went down swinging. Bellarmine responded in the first by putting one run on the board and leaving 2 stranded.
Freshman Brooke Thompson belted a shot in the gap for a double but got thrown out advancing to 3rd, in the 2nd inning. Matteoli faned two of the next three hitters to end the 2nd inning.
Freshman Jackie Schuler led the 3rd inning with a walk as Freshman Emily Bucklew reached on a fielder's choice. Cheuvront again reached the base path with a single but the Lady Patriots could not manage to put any runs on the board. The Lady Knights added another run at the bottom of the 3rd inning.
In the 4th inning Sophomore Justine Paddock singled and Junior Mary Kate Hayes belted a double but the Lady Knights did not allow SCC to cross the plate.
Bucklew reached on an error in the 5th inning. Paddock and Sophomore Jessica Ricketts both reached the base path in the 6th inning and Cheuvront singled in the 7th inning. However, Bellarmine added another run to the board to end the game 3-0 beating the Lady Patriots.
Cheuvront went 2 for 3 and reached on an error. Paddock also went 2 for 3. Matteoli was releaved during the 5th inning by Freshman Katelin Mulloy. She lefted with 3 strike outs and 1 walk.
In Game 2, Junior Sharonda Mangan took the mound. With a rocky first inning, the Lady Patriots had two hit batters and two fielding errors as the Lady Knights went ahead 7-0 going into the 2nd.
The Lady Patriots stayed quiet unitl the 3rd inning as Junior Casey Crouch reached by a walk with two outs. Cheuvront singled as Crouch advanced to 3rd. Freshman Kasie Prather walked to allow Hayes to rip one in the gap for a 2 RBI single scoring both Crouch and Cheuvront. Bellarmine responded in the 3rd by putting 2 more runs on the board bringing the score to 9-2 Bellarmine.
In the 4th Bucklew reached on an error and Mangan added a single as Schuler reached on an error. Freshman Gerina Steele smoked one back at the pitcher who lucky snagged it and turned a double play to end the inning. Bellarmine added 1 more run in the bottom of the 5th which is all they needed to run rule the Lady Patriots, winning 10-2 in 5 innings.
Cheuvront went 1 for 3. Hayes and Mangan both went 1 for 2. Bucklew and Schuler both reached on errors and Prather and Crouch shared a walk a piece. Mangan had 2 strike outs and 1 walk.
Head Coach Holly Smith's comments after the game: "I thought we played well both games against the Lady Knights. I saw a lot of positive things against a good Bellarmine team. Leaving 8 runners on the base path the first game and not putting any runs on the board hurt us. In the second game, you take away the first inning and who knows what could have happened. We just dug ourselves a hole and it was hard to get out of. The effort was great and it was a good start to the up coming season."