April 28th, 2011
Two Patriot Teams Prepare For Postseason
The St. Catharine College softball team, on the verge of seeing the season end Monday, bounced back in game two of a doubleheader against visiting West Virginia Tech to split the twin bill. Then, after the rains washed out a deciding game three, Holly Smith’s Patriots will advance to the eight-team double elimination tournament to start Friday.
The visiting Golden Bears won Monday’s opener 3-2 but the Patriots took the nightcap 13-1. Since game three couldn’t be played to determine the series winner, the Patriots advanced since they were a higher seed than West Virginia tech entering post-season play.
That will take St. Catharine (15-26) to Millennium Park in Danville this weekend where they will open play Friday at 11:00 against Rio Grande (21-19) who was the top team in the East Division. The tournament is scheduled for eight games on Friday, five on Saturday, with the championship game on Sunday.
In Monday’s opener the Patriots managed just three hits. The Golden Bears (10-30) broke open a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth inning and held on for the 3-2 win. Megan Beecham went the distance for the Patriots, giving up six hits while walking one and striking out eight. Chelcie Rein had two hits and two RBI’s in the losing effort.
In the second game St. Catharine exploded for 10 runs in the fourth inning en route to the 13-1 victory. They were aided by six West Virginia Tech errors, four of them in the fourth inning.
Kasie Prather had three hits and knocked in three runs in the game shortened to five innings due to the run rule. Rein added two hits and two RBI’s. Ashley Cardenas was the winning pitcher as she allowed four hits, walked two and struck out four.
As for the St. Catharine baseball team (29-24-1), they will have to wait an extra day for post season action, as the Mid-South Conference Tournament has been moved to Friday due to wet field conditions at Campbellsville University.
All of the game times will be the same, with the Patriots playing at 7:00 Friday against #1 seed Campbellsville University (29-17). The matchup will see the top two offensive teams in the MSC.
The Patriots are leading with a .307 average and the Tigers are hitting .301 as a team. SC is averaging 5.46 runs a game and CU is plating 5.30 runs per contest. Campbellsville has the advantage on the hill with their league leading 3.13 ERA. The Patriots have a 4.30 ERA which is sixth in the league.
"It should be a great match up," noted Patriot skipper Luther Bramblett. "It'll be a tough match up with the way they pitch it, they are extremely talented on the mound and they continue to swing the bats well since we played them earlier in the season. We're going to have to pitch it well and make routine plays, as well as get the big hits with guys on to beat them."