Holly Smith was speechless following her team’s two losses at Campbellsville University on Saturday which marked the Mid-South Conference opener for both teams. But the rest of the week brought favorable remarks as the Patriots won two of the three non-conference games.
“Honestly, we played so bad that I didn’t know what to say after the games (at Campbellsville),” said Smith whose Patriots are 7-7. “It looked like we had some players who were tight about playing in the conference for the first time. We played so bad that I couldn’t even get mad.”
Campbellsville (9-5) had 23 hits in the two games that each went five innings due to the run rule. The Patriots had five hits in dropping the opener 8-0. Kasie Prather had two of those hits, both doubles. Ashley Cardenas took the loss as the Tigers closed out the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth with no outs.
In game two the Tigers used a nine run third inning en route to a 13-2 win. Freshman starter Krystal Cammuse allowed 12 of the runs on 11 hits in two innings. Again the Patriots had five hits, Chelcie Rein having two of those.
The week started on a brighter note as the Patriots swept Asbury University in a doubleheader played in Wilmore. They won game one 5-2 and the nightcap 9-0.
Prather had three hits and two RBI’s in the first game while Cammuse and Carrie Wilkerson had two hits apiece. Ashley Hardin allowed the Eagles (0-4) six hits in picking up the victory.
In the second game, a 9-0 St. Catharine win in five innings, Cardenas did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when she surrendered two singles. She fanned five batters and walked one. Cardenas also had three of the Patriots’ 11 hits. Wilkerson had three hits, including a homer, and three RBI’s.
At Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. On Thursday the Patriots got another strong pitching performance from Cardenas in winning game one 3-1. She allowed four hits and struck out nine in going the distance. Hagan Goldey had two hits and two RBI’s and Rein and Cardenas also had two hits each.
Cumberland (8-4) won game two 4-1. Cardenas allowed two runs in the first inning before giving way to Cammuse who allowed the other two runs in five innings. Wilkerson had two of the Patriots’ five hits.
“I thought Cumberland was the best team we had played to that point,” said Smith. “But we played good defense (one error in two games) and got good pitching.”
Smith added that her team will need more of the same as they embark on a tough week. The Patriots were scheduled to play at Mid-South conference power Lindsey Wilson on Tuesday. Then Georgetown College visits Salt River Electric Field on Saturday for another conference doubleheader that starts at 1:00.