February 26th, 2013

Ashland sweeps Bellarmine softball

Chris Cooper

Bellarmine University Asst. S.I.D.

Ashland sweeps Bellarmine softball
photo by John Sommers / from bellarmine.edu

Knights start season with two losses

The Bellarmine University softball team dropped the final two games of their opening homestand on Sunday afternoon, losing a 13-6 slugfest to Ashland  before falling 4-1 to Lincoln Memorial.

Bellarmine (4-6) will look to regroup next week by playing four games in the MidSouth Classic in Duncan, S.C.

Ashland 13, Bellarmine 6

The Eagles jumped on the Knights early, scoring five runs in the first inning as Bellarmine made a pair of costly errors. Freshman Lindsey Wiles started in the circle but lasted just four batters before giving way to sophomore Alicia Miller.

Miller didn't fare much better, getting tagged for two runs, including one that came on an illegal pitch call.

The Knights answered with three runs in the bottom half, getting one RBI from Megan Murdoch and a pair from Madi Ratliff on a single up the middle.

But the Eagles scored three runs in the second and added another in the third to take an 8-3 lead.

Ashland tallied three more runs in the fifth before Bellarmine pulled within 12-5 in the bottom half. Kayla Padgett found room in right-center field, bringing home freshman Ally Foster all the way from first. Padgett, a Meade County product, scored later in the inning on an error by Ashland's shortstop.

Kelsey Hicks blasted her first home run of the season in the sixth, making it 13-6.

Foster led Bellarmine, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.

Lincoln Memorial 4, Bellarmine 1

After the Railsplitters went up 1-0 after a half-inning of play, it took just one pitch for Bellarmine to find the equalizer. Foster sent the first pitch she saw over the right-field fence for her third homer of the year and second in as many days.

But Lincoln Memorial scored the game-winner in the sixth and added two insurance runs in the seventh.

After LMU went ahead 2-1 it appeared that Bellarmine may have the quick answer again, but Murdoch's two-out bomb didn't quite sail far enough as Railsplitter center fielder Brianna Mulky caught it backed up to the fence.

Bellarmine freshman Amy Feie pitched the full seven innings and struck out three.


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