April 11th, 2016

Knights sweep Lewis

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

Knights sweep Lewis
Knights win four games over the weekend / photo provided by Bellarmine athletics

High scoring action by the Bellarmine softball team secured another home sweep Sunday against Great Lakes Valley Conference foe Lewis University (15-25-1, 4-17-1 GLVC).  Game one was decided by Ally Foster's home run to right center field that broke the tie in the seventh inning for a 5-4 win.  The Knights carried the momentum into the second game, scoring six runs in the top of the first, which led to a 13-3 win.  Although playing at Knights Field, Bellarmine was the visiting team on the scoreboard because the doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played at Lewis.

The Knights (25-21, 14-8 GLVC) hit the road to take on Quincy University Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and Truman State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Game 1 BU 5, LU 4

The Flyers got the ball rolling with a three-run home run from Dani Knaak in the bottom of the first to give Lewis a 3-0 lead.

The Knights battled back in the top of the third with leadoff homer down the left field line from Erica Knollman.  Lewis went three up and three down in the bottom of the third, sending the Knights back to the plate to chip away at the lead.

In the top of the fourth, Megan Bretz duplicated Knollman's home run with a blast down the left line to pull Bellarmine within one run in the fourth.

Bellarmine took the lead in the top of the sixth.  Bretz singled between the shortstop and third baseman, and Olivia Russell followed up with a single through the right side that advanced Bretz to second. With Kaitlin Barbiere in to pinch run for Russell, Allison Woosley drew a walk to load the bases.  Rachel Fox smacked a double to left center to score Bretz and Barbiere for a 4-3 lead.

Lewis answered in the bottom of the sixth with three singles to tie the game at four.

Foster, who was on the hook for the pitching decision, took matters into her own hands by blasting a leadoff homer to right to give the Knights a 5-4 lead.  Then, in bottom of the seventh, after a surrendering a walk, Foster retired three in a row to secure the victory.

Foster improved her record in the circle to 17-7.  Fox led the Knights going 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.  Bretz went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Game 2 BU 13, LU 3

Hungry for more action, the Knights started off hot in the top of the first.  With Melissa Hammer on base after a single up the middle, Foster slammed one over the left field fence to take an early 2-0 lead.  Ely reached on a fielder's choice, and advanced to second on Bretz's single to left field.  Another single from Russell drove in Ely.  Knollman ripped a shot that ricocheted off the pitcher that drove in Bretz and Russell with Knollman advancing to second on the throw.  Ciara Incorvati lifted one over the infield to center, sending Knollman home for a 6-0 lead.

Lewis managed to record a run in the bottom of the first, but the Knights poured on the hits in the second.  Hammer legged out a hit to third base, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then to third on Foster's sacrifice bunt.  Tevis hit a rocket to center field, but Lewis' Carolyn Nojiri laid out to make the catch.  However, Hammer was able to tag up from third to extend the lead to 7-1.

In the top of the fourth, Foster drew a walk.  Tevis stepped to the plate and drilled a homer to left field to put Bellarmine up 9-1.  The Knights couldn't be stopped, adding four more runs in the fifth.  Knollman drew a walk and advanced to second on Incorvati's single up the middle.  A wild pitch advanced both runners one base.  A walk put Hammer on first and loaded the bases.  Foster's single down the right field line drove in Knollman.  Amy Feie ripped a shot just short of the left center fence.  With runners rounding the bases, Lewis' defense threw the ball in but Incorvati and Hammer had already made it home safe.  Feie advanced to second on the throw, and Foster made it to third.  Pinch hitter Miranda Mader's single up the middle sent Foster home for the 13th run of the game.

The Flyers rallied in the bottom of the fifth, but the two runs weren't enough to continue play as Bellarmine run-ruled Lewis after five innings.

Madeline Kurtz pitched a complete game to pick up her sixth victory of the season.

Lewis managed seven hits to the Knights' 15. Foster went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and scored three runs while Knollman also went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.


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