March 28th, 2013

Knights split doubleheader with KY State

Chris Cooper

Bellarmine University Asst. S.I.D.

Knights split doubleheader with KY State
Madi Ratliff connects for one of her three hits / photo by John Sommers II

After blasting visiting Kentucky State 9-0 in game one, the Bellarmine University softball team could not hold on in game two, falling 7-6 to split a twin bill at Knights Field.

With two big road doubleheaders this weekend at Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern Indiana, Bellarmine now sits at 15-13 on the year while KSU's record moves to 9-20.

Game 1: Bellarmine 9, Kentucky State 0 F/5

The Knights dominated their instate foe in the opener, tallying nine runs and nine hits while Alicia Miller picked up her ninth win of the season in similar fashion to end the game after just five innings of play.

Senior Madi Ratliff led the offensive charge, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored while freshman Tabby Shewmaker added a pair of RBIs.

After a 1-2-3 top half of the first inning, Bellarmine plated five runs in the home half, capped by a double steal with Ratliff taking home easily after Casey Cleary moved to second. The offense stayed in high gear in the second, when Bellarmine added three more runs to make it 8-0.

Shewmaker put the finishing touches on in the third with a single through the left side, giving her eight RBIs in the last three games.

Game 2: Kentucky State 7, Bellarmine 6

Bellarmine looked ready to take sweep after back-to-back home runs by Ratliff and Scarlett Powers made it 6-1 at the end of the fourth, but the Thorobrettes answered with three runs apiece in the sixth and seventh.

Kentucky State struck first on a single by Megan Jaramillo before Bellarmine knotted the game at 1 on a RBI hit by sophomore Kayla Padgett. Bellarmine then reeled five runs on the back-to-back homers by Ratliff and Powers then a solo shot by pitcher Tanner Tevis with one out in thefourth.

Tevis was poised to pick up the win but couldn't finish down the stretch, giving up seven hits and six runs over the final two innings.

The Knights tried to make a late-inning surge, but Padgett, Lindsay Wiles and Shewmaker all flied out near the fence to end the game.


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