On Saturday afternoon SCC traveled four hours to compete against, Mid-South Conference, University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, OH. The trip seemed to be too much for the Lady Pats, falling two games, 2-10 and 2-10 under the mercy rule.
Batting .338 as a team, the Lady Patriots jumped on the board 2-0 in the first inning. Rio would tie the game in the second inning with two runs and exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth. The RedStorm were aided by four Patriot errors in the first game victory.
Kasie Prather (Lancaster, KY) led the Patriots, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Ashley Hardin (Louisville, KY) (4-5) took the loss for St. Catharine, pitching three innings, allowing seven runs (two earned) on six hits with a pair of strikeouts.
In game two, Rio scored single runs in the second and fourth innings to go up 2-0 in what looked like was shaping up to be a pitcher's duel, but that quickly changed. Rio added two more runs to pad the lead to 4-0 in the fifth.
SCC answered with two runs in the top of the sixth to make it a 4-2 game, only to see Rio string together a ton of hits to dent the plate six times in the bottom of the sixth inning to reach the mercy rule at 10-2
Hagan Goldey (Lancaster, KY) was 1-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored to pace the Patriot offense in the second game.
Megan Beecham (Louisville, KY) (2-3) took the loss on the mound. She was relieved from the pitcher's circle after 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and four runs with one strikeout and two walks.
The Lady Patriots (11-16, 4-10 MSC) will return to the diamond, at home, Tuesday afternoon facing conference Pikeville College. Game one will begin at 2 p.m.