March 17th, 2013

Knights play home run derby in sweep of William Jewell

Chris Cooper

Bellarmine University Asst. S.I.D.


Knights play home run derby in sweep of William Jewell
from bellarmine.edu / photo by John Sommers II

LIBERTY, Mo. --- The Bellarmine University softball team continued their hot start in conference play by winning two on the road at William Jewell, beating the Cardinals 6-4 in the opener before taking the finale 10-7 in extra innings.

Dubbing themselves the “BU Bomb Squad,” Bellarmine (10-9, 6-1 GLVC) hit seven home runs on Saturday giving the team 23 homers in 19 games in the 2013 campaign.

Game 1: Bellarmine 6, William Jewell 4

It didn't take long for the Knights to send their first homer over the fence as junior Abby Lenhart homered to lead off the second inning to put BU on the board first.

The host Cardinals answered  though by plating three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead into the fourth.

Bellarmine tacked on a run apiece in the fourth and fifth inning on RBIs by Scarlett Powers and Kayla Padgett. But it was Madi Ratliff's three-run home run in the seventh that ultimately decided the game as the senior third basemen hit her first of two on the day to give BU the lead for good.

WJC's Faith Song would homer in the home half of the inning, but it wouldn't be enough as Bellarmine won the opener.

Alicia Miller (6-2) took the “W” in the circle throwing all seven innings and striking out two while Song was hit with the loss, giving up three earned runs in the 2.0 innings of relief.

Game 2: Bellarmine 10, William Jewell 7 F/8

Down 7-5 with two outs in their final at bat, Bellarmine scored two runs to force extra innings, then put the game away by plating three in the extra frame to earn the sweep.

Freshman Ally Foster started the rally, belting a solo homer to pull the Knights within one at 7-6. After a double by Kayla Padgett and back-to-back walks by Tabby Shewmaker and Lenhart loaded the bases, Ratliff hit a single to tie the game up.

William Jewell did their best to try and earn the split early in the game, scoring three runs in the first and two in the second to jump out to a 5-0 lead forcing Coach Renee Hicks to insert Foster into pitching relief. Foster responded by going the next 6.0 innings, giving up four hits and striking out 10 Cardinals, a new career-high.

Hannah Daunhauer's two-run home run in the third finally put the Knights on the board as the sophomore outfielder hit the first of her career, officially joining the “Bomb Squad.”

After Lexy Rozmus's double extended WJC's lead back to 6-2, Lenhart, Ratliff, and Powers hit back-to-back-to back home runs to pull Bellarmine within 6-5.

The Cardinals countered with a homer of their own in the bottom of the sixth, setting up BU's dramatic seventh inning rally. Once in extra innings, Kelsey Hicks broke the tie with double to score Amy Feie followed by a 2 run double by Shewmaker to get to a 10-7 final.

The Knights had 26 hits during the twinbill with Foster (5), Daunhauer (4), and Lenhart (4) leading the way.

 

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