March 10th, 2013

Bellarmine softball splits doubleheader with Drury

Chris Cooper

Bellarmine University Asst. S.I.D.

Bellarmine softball splits doubleheader with Drury
photo by John Sommer II / from

Knights win first game, lose second

The Bellarmine University softball team opened up Great Lakes Valley Conference play on Saturday afternoon by splitting a doubleheader with Drury at Knights Field. The Knights blasted the Panthers 8-0 in a shortened game one but fell 6-5 in the finale.

Bellarmine moves 6-9 overall, 1-1 in the GLVC while Drury sits at 9-4 and 1-1.

Game 1: Bellarmine 8, Drury 0 (6 innings)

The Knights rapped out 10 hits in the opener, ending the game in the sixth inning after a two-run double by Kayla Padgett gave BU a “run rule” win.

Bellarmine started its onslaught in the second when Kelsey Hicks and Ally Foster ripped back-to-back RBI doubles to right-center.

Foster helped make it 3-0 in the fifth, crossing the plate easily on a wild pitch by Drury's Monica Villarreal. After Megan Murdoch drew a walk, junior Abbey Lenhart hit a towering two-run homer, her second on the year, over the right-field fence to make it 5-0.

Starter Alicia Miller retired the Panthers in order in the top half of the sixth on her way to picking up her fourth win of the season. The reigning GLVC Pitcher of the Week, Miller held Drury to three hits while striking out three.

In the bottom half, Hannah Daunhauer started the final push by drawing a one-out walk before moving to second on a throwing error by Marissa Valdez. Daunhauer, an Evansville, Ind. native, was 2 for 2 with two runs scored.

Foster made it 6-0 on a single up the middle before Padgett put the final touches on the win with a double to the left-center gap to bring home two.

Seven players registered hits in the opener, with Foster (3) and Daunhauer (2) having a multi-hit game.

Game 2: Drury 6, Bellarmine 5

Bellarmine and Drury traded leads in the finale with the visiting Panthers plating four runs in the sixth to steal the victory.

Drury struck first as Carissa Price hit a two-run homer to cente rfield off Tanner Tevis to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, but the Knights scored five in the bottom half.

Senior Madi Ratliff began the barrage by singling to right field to bring Casey Cleary home from second. Hicks and Daunhauer then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases.

Foster came through yet again, ripping a single through the right side to score a pair. After Foster got her second stolen base of the day, Padgett again found the gap, this time in right-center to give BU a 5-2 advantage.

The Panthers had the final say, though, putting four runs on the board in the sixth on a two-run triple by Valdez and two-run double by Regina Norris.

Bellarmine threatened in their final at bat as Scarlett Powers popped out to deep right field with two runners on to end the game.



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