KCU Sweeps Softball Doubleheader Against Berea

KCU Sweeps Softball Doubleheader Against Berea

Returning home from a road doubleheader against former KIAC rival Asbury University, the Mountaineers welcomed a Kentucky Christian University team which had won 10 consecutive games in a row coming into today's matchup, hoping to end their winning streak.

Game 1- The first inning started out well for the Mountaineers. Victoria Sergent was able to get the first two KCU batters to line out to the shortstop and fly out to center field. Sergent would be put in a bind as the next batter would hit a ball to deep center field and wind up on second base only to advance to third base on a single by the next batter. But Sergent would come back strong, making the next hitter ground out to third base. The offense for the Mountaineers would start solid as Allie Newton would reach base by a walk. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, the umpire called Newton out on a single hit by Hannah Carter because of runner's interference. The next two batters for the Mountaineers reached base on walks, advancing Carter to third to put her in scoring position. On the next play, Carter, along with Kari Kviten, put two runs on the board off a Morgan McClure single to right-center field. With the two runs, Berea would end the first inning with a 2-0 lead. KCU responded with a 11 run second inning the Mountaineers would never be able to recover from. The Knights would go on to take the first game of the doubleheader 15-2.

The Mountaineers offense was led by Morgan McClure, who went 3-3 with two RBIs. The offense as a whole combined for seven hits, scoring two runs on those hits. Victoria Sergent started the game and pitched two innings, allowing nine hits, seven earned runs while walking three batters and striking out three batters. The Mountaineers defense would collect three errors. 
 
Game 2- Berea's start to the second game was rough compared to game one. KCU scored the first run of the game on an error from the Mountaineer's defense. The defense stayed strong after the error and made it out of the inning with just one run allowed. The offense for Berea did not come to life until the fourth inning. In the fourth inning, the offense recorded two hits and put a run on the board, with the run coming off Mercedes Stanfield double. The Blue Crew added a second run in the sixth inning but missed the chance to add more as they left three runners on base. In the bottom of the seventh, the Mountaineers first two batters reached base by virtue of walks but unfortunately for the Mountaineers, the comeback attempt would fall short as KCU would go on to win the game 5-2.

Katelyn Blair pitched all but one inning for the Mountaineers, allowing four earned runs and eight hits, while striking out four batters and walking two batters. The Blue Crew offense scored two runs off of five hits. Hannah Carter was the stand out on offense for the Mountaineers, as she went 3-4, with one double and one run.   

Berea will be back in action in a doubleheader against Point Park University tomorrow, March 29th. First pitch is set for 11:00 AM.

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