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Lindsey Wilson Softball bounced out of MSC Tournament

Blue Raiders suffer losses to Campbellsville and Georgetown on Sunday
Blue Raider Softball hopes for National Championship still alive. They now wait to see who their opponents will be for the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round on May 14-16, 2018 at Marilyn D. Sparks Park, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY. The Blue Raiders are serving as a host institution in the competition for a sixth-straight year. The qualifiers are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday evening at 4pmCT.

By Charles Balcom, Assistant LWC Sports Information Director

BOWLING GREEN, KY - (Sun 6 May 2018) - The Lindsey Wilson softball team was knocked out of the 2018 Mid-South Conference Tournament after suffering losses to Campbellsville (KY) and Georgetown (KY) on Sunday at Michael O. Buchanon Park.


The second-seeded Blue Raiders (39-14) suffered their first loss of the tournament at the hands of top-seeded Campbellsville by a 9-6 margin in the winner's bracket final to slip down to the consolation bracket. There, they met third-seeded Georgetown and the Tigers avenged an earlier loss in the tournament by eliminating the Blue Raiders with a 4-1 victory.

The Blue Raiders were doomed by their own mistakes on the day, committing a season-high four errors each in the losses. The previous high for fielding errors in a game was three, but the last time LWC had that many was back on March 10.


Lindsey Wilson 6 - Campbellsville 9

The Blue Raiders were shut out in the first five innings of the contest until scoring three runs each in the sixth and seventh, but the effort was too little too late as the Tigers took the matchup. Lindsey Wilson had trouble getting out of its own way as LWC committed four errors in the loss, with multiple times the miscues leading directly to opponent scores.

Campbellsville dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. A Blue Raider error with two outs allowed the first run of the game to score from third for the 1-0 lead.

After being retired the first two innings in order, the Blue Raiders put together a pair of hits in the third inning with an Amy Rogers single up the middle and a Cassie Kooker bunt single. But the two runners were left stranded on first and third as a groundout ended the threat.

Another costly LWC error in the bottom of the third allowed the Tigers to double their lead after a missed catch with two outs made it a 2-0 Campbellsville advantage. Campbellsville extended the lead to 6-0 with a four-run effort in the bottom of the fourth. The Tigers totaled six hits in the inning including five singles and a double.

Lindsey Wilson finally got some offensive rhythm going in the top of the sixth, cutting the deficit in half with a three-run rally. A walk, hit by pitch and single loaded the bases for Cassie Matlock, who delivered a single to shallow center to score two runs. The Tigers turned a 5-3 double play to slow the rally, but Amber Hancock delivered a two-out single to add another run and make it a 6-3 game.

But Campbellsville had an equal response ready, answering with three runs of its own in the bottom part of the frame. LWC had a few more miscues in the inning as there were two hit by pitch and another fielding error that helped aid in the Tiger runs.

The Blue Raiders tried to rally again and keep the game alive with another three runs in the top of the seventh. Callum Pilgrim provided an RBI double and Sydney Fourman had a two-RBI single, but a fielder's choice and a groundout eventually brought the game to a close.

Fourman, Matlock, Rogers and Kooker each had two hits in the loss.

Taylor Slade suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs on six hits in 3-1/3 innings.


Lindsey Wilson 1 - Georgetown 4
The Blue Raiders struggled to get the offense going in the nightcap and fell behind early again due to a three-error inning.

After a scoreless first inning, both sides had opportunities to score in the second. Georgetown had runners on first and second with one out before a strikeout and pop out ended the chance. Lindsey Wilson had runners on the corners with two outs but a fly out ended their chance.

Just like in the first game of the day, the Blue Raiders dug themselves a hole after numerous fielding errors in the top of the third. LWC committed two errors in the first three batters of the frame. The damage would have been limited to just one run, but a third error in the inning with two outs extended things further and allowed Georgetown to score three more and take a 4-0 lead.

Lindsey Wilson clawed one back as Pilgrim reached with a one-out triple in the bottom half of the inning - her 10th-straight game with a hit - and Alaeni Ray chased her home with a single to cut into the lead at 4-1.

The two offenses stalled from there as LWC was limited to just two baserunners during the final four innings, including being retired in order in both the sixth and seventh. Georgetown had three baserunners in that same span, but ended up outhitting Lindsey Wilson 7-4.

Annabelle Ramirez suffered the loss, allowing just one earned run on seven hits with three strikeouts.

Lindsey Wilson now waits to see who its opponents will be for the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round on May 14-16. The Blue Raiders are serving as a host institution in the competition for a sixth-straight year. The qualifiers are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday evening at 4pmCT.


This story was posted on 2018-05-06 20:36:29
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