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LWC Softball sets record with 24th consecutive road win

By Kyrin Mayfield

Pikeville, KY - Since March 17, 2019, the Lindsey Wilson softball team has won every road contest. That streak continued on Sunday, as the No. 3-ranked Blue Raiders swept a doubleheader at Pikeville (Ky.) for a program-record 24 straight road wins.

Lindsey Wilson (22-0, 16-0 Mid-South Conference) outscored the Bears 23-4 in the four-game series and outhit Pikeville (5-13, 2-10 MSC) 35-10.

Game 1 (five innings): Lindsey Wilson - 12 | Pikeville - 1
After going down in order in the first inning, the Blue Raiders strung together a few hits in the second to score a run. Alexus Garza tagged a ball down the left field line that rolled all the way to the outfield fence for a leadoff double. Brianna Griffiths then successfully executed a sacrifice bunt to move Garza over 60 feet. The sophomore soon scored when Alexis Garayzar blooped a ball into shallow right for a 1-0 lead.

In the next inning, Lindsey Wilson exploded for six runs. The first eight batters reached base for the Blue Raiders on four hits, two walks and a pair of errors. Garza had another double, which brought two baserunners home, and Lexi Isable and Lyric Houston notched RBI singles in the frame to take a 7-0 advantage.

Lindsey Wilson kept the offense rolling in the fourth inning when Makea-Al Kaluau and Garza recorded base hits to put two runners on. Griffiths battled at the plate and received an eight-pitch walk to load the bases. All three were then sent home on a triple into right field by Garayzar. A groundout by Houston pushed Garayzar home for the Blue Raiders' 11th run.

Pikeville got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Sophie Kluesner reached on a dropped pop-up to third. The Bears took advantage of the error when Alyssa Franklin lined a double to right field which allowed Kluesner to give Pikeville a run.

Annabelle Ramirez made a surprise appearance in the batter's box in the top of the fifth. She produced a hit but was taken out for Mikayla Marquez to pinch run. Base hits by Kaluau and Garza gave Marquez the opportunity to step on home as Lindsey Wilson led 12-1 and eventually won by that same score.

Hannah Epperson (4-0) was masterful in the circle, as she held the Bears to one unearned run on one hit with six strikeouts. It was her first appearance of the season without recording an earned run.

Garza was hot at the plate, as the infielder notched a season-high four hits to go along with three runs and three RBIs. Garayzar found success as well with a 2-for-3 line and a season-best four RBIs. Additionally, Kaluau recorded three hits in four at-bats alongside a pair of runs.

Game 2: Lindsey Wilson - 4 | Pikeville - 2
Pikeville kept the Blue Raiders hitless over the first three innings of game two, but Lindsey Wilson flexed its muscles in the fourth. Kaluau, Garza and Houston each launched a ball out of the park in an explosive four-run frame.

Breanna Clark got her second start of the series on the rubber, and she was rolling. The senior kept the Bears' run total at a goose egg through five innings with only two hits allowed.

However, Pikeville threatened in the bottom of the sixth when a walk and a double had two runners on with one out. A two-RBI single from Zoe Ingram cut the Blue Raiders' lead in half to 4-2.

Needing just three more outs for the win, Annabelle Ramirez replaced Clark in the circle to try to get the save in the seventh. All three Bears batters were sent down on strikes as Lindsey Wilson won 4-2.

Clark picked up her sixth win of the 2021 campaign after six innings in the circle. She allowed two earned runs off of five hits and fanned six Bears.

Four Blue Raiders accumulated two hits in game two including Garza, Kaluau, Marquez and Summers. Houston picked up a hit and two RBIs.

Lindsey Wilson returns to Marilyn D. Sparks Park on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Cumberland (Tenn.) at 3 p.m. CT.

This story was posted on 2021-03-21 20:15:35
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