March 11th, 2013

Knights sweep MO S&T

Chris Cooper

Bellarmine University Asst. S.I.D.


Knights sweep MO S&T
photo by John Sommers / from bellarmine.edu

Bellarmine takes two in a double header

Timely hitting and two strong pitching performances led Bellarmine University's softball team to a doubleheader sweep over Missouri S&T on Sunday. The Knights won the opener 6-3, then ran away from the Miners in the finale, 11-3.

One of the few  GLVC schools that got all four games in this weekend, Bellarmine now sits at 8-9 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Missouri S&T falls to 2-6, 1-3.

Game 1: Bellarmine 6, Missouri S&T

The Miners were able to rattle starter Alicia Miller in the early going before the sophomore settled down to pick up her fourth win of the season. Missouri S&T registered four hits in the first four innings before Miller shut them down, giving up only two more hits the rest of the way while registering all three of her strikeouts.

S&T leadoff hitter Andi Davis scored the game's opening run on a sacrific fly in the first inning, and it remained 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth. That's when freshman Tabby Shewmaker's double off the left-field wall knocked in two runs.

Madi Ratliff sent the first pitch she saw sailing over center-field fence for her fourth homer of the season to make it 4-1 BU.

After Miller retired the Miners in order in the fifth, Shewmaker tacked on two more RBIs in the bottom half on a single up the middle to score Abby Lenhart and Kayla Padgett.

Kaylea Smith pulledl S&T within 6-3 with a two-run homer in the sixth, but Miller retired the final five players in order.

Game 2: Bellarmine 11, Missouri S&T 3 (6 innings)

Missouri S&T was again able to take the early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first, but Bellarmine answered with 11 straight to end the game in the sixth with its second “run rule” victory in as many days.

The Miners chased starter Tanner Tevis in the first after the sophomore gave up three runs, one of which was unearned, in two-thirds of an innings before giving way to freshman Ally Foster.

Foster got Rachel Glenn to ground out, then helped her own cause by hitting a leadoff homer in the home half. Her fifth of the season, it marks the second time this season that Foster has a homer in BU's first at-bat.

Bellarmine plated three more runs in the inning after Padgett scoref on a wild pitch and Scarlett Powers started her big game by hitting a rocket down the left-field line to score two more. Powers went 3 for 4 in the finale with a career-high five RBIs and one run scored.

Powers had an RBI single in the third, followed by Lenhart scoring on a Hannah Daunhauer fielder's choice.

Bellarmine added one run in the fourth before tacking on three more in the sixth to force the shortened game. Powers again keyed the offense in the sixth, bringing in two with a hard hit up the middle to score Shewmaker and Megan Murdoch.

Daunhauer blooped a hit to right field to make it 10-3 before Kelsey Hicks dealt the Miners the final blow by finding space in center field to score Powers.

While Foster's bat has made her a known commodity, the Christian Academy product showed she can be just as dominant in the circle, tossing 5 1/3  innings, allowing one hit and fanning nine.

 

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