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LWC Softball wins one, loses one in Crossover Challenge

Lindsey Wilson Softball falls to Rio Grande, beats Kentucky Christian on Friday
Next: Softball Double Header: Lindsey Wilson hosts Cincinnati Christian, Tue 14 Mar 2017. Game 1 at 2pmCT, at Lindsey Wilson Park, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY.

By Charles Balcom, LWC Ass't Sports Information Director

COLUMBIA, KY (Fri 10 Mar 2017) - The Lindsey Wilson softball team split a pair of games today as part of the Crossover Challenge at Lindsey Wilson Park.

The eighth-ranked Blue Raiders (12-7) fell to No. 24-ranked Rio Grande (11-5) in the opener 3-1 before defeating Kentucky Christian (0-8) in a six-inning shortened game 10-2 in the nightcap.

Lindsey Wilson struggled to generate offense in the opener, but the bats came alive to the tune of 17 hits in the game-two victory.

GAME 1 - Lindsey Wilson 1, Rio Grande 3

The Blue Raiders managed just two hits in the opening game loss against the RedStorm.

Lindsey Wilson struggled to get to Rio Grande starter Jenna Jones, the former Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year back when the RedStorm were members of the MSC. Jones had a no hitter going through four innings before Amber Foukes led off with a single. Cassie Kooker then singled two batters later for the second and final LWC hit of the game.

Despite not putting the bat to the ball, the Blue Raiders were still in position to score, taking advantage of Rio Grande miscues and walks.

Lindsey Wilson loaded the bases in the top of the first after a Rio Grande error and two walks, all coming with two outs, but a groundout ended that scoring threat. LWC loaded the bases again in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a trio of walks. A fielder's choice allowed the Blue Raiders' lone run of the game to score before a groundout ended the threat.

The RedStorm also had an early chance to score in the first with runners on second and third and one out, but LWC starter Casey Bryan got out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts.

Rio Grande finally broke up the scoreless game in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs. After Kari Jenkins singled and Gabby Gregg was hit by a pitch, Michaela Criner roped a one-out triple to the right-center gap to put the RedStorm up 2-0. A groundout and pop out left Criner stranded at third.

The RedStorm tacked on their final run in the sixth, Criner once again doing the damage. She hit a two-out single to score Gregg from second for the 3-0 lead. Lindsey Wilson cut that lead back down to two after the bottom half of the inning, but was unable to generate any offense in the seventh as they fell 3-1.

Bryan (5-3) took the loss allowing three earned runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts. Jones (1-3) picked up her first win of the season allowing one earned run with two hits, five strikeouts and six walks.

GAME 2 - Lindsey Wilson 10, Kentucky Christian 2

The Blue Raider offense came alive in game two and pounded out 17 hits, scoring in all but one inning in the run-rule shortened game.

Just like in the opening game of the day, Lindsey Wilson loaded the bases in the top of the first but failed to score after a base running error. That would be the lone inning without plating a run for the Blue Raiders.

After Bailey Mize hit a one-out single, Foukes hits her fourth home run of the season to put the Blue Raiders ahead 2-0. Lindsey Wilson then exploded for a four-run third, again using the long ball.

Amy Rogers and Samantha Luckett both singled to start the inning before Mize blasted her second home run of the season on a 1-2 count to put Lindsey Wilson ahead 5-0. LWC tacked on another run in the inning with a bases-loaded walk by Sydney Fourman before a groundout ended the scoring run.

In the top half of the third, Kentucky Christian dented the scoreboard, also using the long ball after Hunter Smith smacked a shot to straight center. McKenzie Vanover followed with a solo shot in the top of the fourth to make it a 6-2 game. Lindsey Wilson got that run back in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by Foukes, who finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Kooker made it an 8-2 game after she scored on a bases-loaded groundout in the fifth.

The game came to an early end in the sixth after the Blue Raiders scored two more and induced the run rule. Kooker drove in the first run on an RBI single and Fourman walked things with an RBI hit by pitch.

Lauren Lett (3-2) picked up the win in relief, tossing three hitless innings. Taylor Slade started the game and allowed two earned runs on four hits.

Whitney McKay (0-4) suffered the loss allowing 10 runs, nine earned, on 17 hits without recording a strikeout.

Foukes went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs while Madison Bryant turned in a 3-for-4 performance with a run scored. Kooker also added three hits in the game.

This story was posted on 2017-03-10 20:35:08
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