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LWC Softball limits Pikeville to one run; sweeps doubleheader

By Kyrin Mayfield

Pikeville, KY - It was a spectacular performance in the circle by the Lindsey Wilson softball pitching staff, as the No. 3-ranked Blue Raiders held Pikeville (Ky.) to one unearned run and four hits combined to take both games of Saturday's doubleheader.

The wins increase Lindsey Wilson's road winning streak to 22 games, just two shy of breaking the record of 23 in a row set between the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Game 1: Lindsey Wilson - 5 | Pikeville - 1

Lindsey Wilson threatened right away by loading the bases in the first inning with a single from Mikayla Marquez and walks issued to Lexi Isable and Brianna Griffiths. Alexis Garayzar came through when she slapped a single to right field to allow Marquez and Isable to cross home for an early 2-0 lead.

Two innings later, Makea-Al Kaluau sent a ball sailing over the outfield fence for the 10th time this year to move her into a tie for the third-most home runs in the NAIA.

The Blue Raiders' lead grew to 5-0 in the fourth inning when Carissa Summers showed patience at the plate and received a one-out walk. Four pitches later, she swiped second base to move into scoring position.

Sam Sims hit the ball toward third base for a single, and Summers scored due to a fielder's obstruction. In the following at-bat, Marquez swung at the first pitch offered to her and doubled to left field, the third game in a row in which the outfielder notched a two-base hit. Sims was able to come home on the hit to push Lindsey Wilson's lead to 5-0.

Pikeville was able to only push across one run which came in the bottom of the sixth. Alysha Bolling struck out but made it to first after a dropped third strike and advanced to second on an error. A sacrifice bunt and then a base knock by Alyssa Franklin gave the Bears their first run, but Pikeville could not get closer as the Blue Raiders won 5-1.

Lindsey Wilson starting pitcher Annabelle Ramirez (12-0) kept the opposition in check once again for a majority of the game. The senior notched her sixth double-digit strikeout performance as she fanned 13 Bears in her eighth complete game of the season. Ramirez limited Pikeville to two hits and one unearned run in the victory.

Kaluau and Marquez both recorded two hits, one run, and one RBI over four at-bats in game one. Garayzar hit two Blue Raiders home to lead the team in RBIs.

Game 2: Lindsey Wilson - 2 | Pikeville - 0

Breanna Clark received her third start of the year for Lindsey Wilson in the second game of the doubleheader. The right-handed pitcher proved to be effective as she kept the Bears off the scoreboard and prevented Pikeville from reaching base in five of the seven innings.

Despite having runners on base in three of the first four frames, it wasn't until the top of the fifth when the Blue Raiders broke the scoreless tie. Desiree Chang started the inning with her first triple of the 2021 campaign and made it home on a passed ball just three pitches later.

Marquez kept the inning going with a double and eventually stole third. A wild throw by the Bears' catcher allowed Marquez to score as a valuable insurance run late in the contest.

However, one run would have been enough as Clark was in complete control. She retired all nine batters faced in the final three innings to secure the 2-0 win.

Chang produced a season-high three hits in as many at-bats with one run as well.

Clark (5-0) earned the first shutout of her career with only two hits allowed, no walks and three strikeouts in her seven innings in the circle.

Lindsey Wilson (20-0, 14-0 Mid-South Conference) and Pikeville (5-11, 2-8 MSC) play a doubleheader in Pikeville on Sunday beginning at noon CT to conclude the four-game series.

This story was posted on 2021-03-21 08:18:11
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