Kentucky Christian’s softball team opened Mid-South Conference play on the road as they traveled to the University of Pikeville for a mid-week doubleheader. The Bears swept the twin-bill by 3-2 (10 Innings) and 6-2 scores.
KCU held a 2-1 lead through their half of the 5th inning only to see the Bears score an unearned run to tie the game. It would remain tied until UPIKE scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Lora Thompson took the loss after pitching 9.1 innings of 5-hit ball, striking out 12 and definitely pitched well enough to have gotten a win.
Summer Collins led the team offensively as she was 2-3 at the plate while scoring a run. She also was 1-2 in stolen base attempts and credited with two sacrifices. Adding two RBIs, Jade Spurlock, along with Taylor Jackson’s 1-3 (Double) afternoon also gave the team an offense a boost.
While a case can be made that the Lady Knights let one get away from them in the first game, no such claim can be asserted in Game 2. KCU could only manage two runs on four hits and once again, the error “bug” made its presence known with two of the six UPIKE runs being of the unearned variety. Taylor Coleman, who was tabbed with the loss, was hit hard (12 hits) and only struck out one.
Collins and Bianca Gries were 1-3 and scored a run each with Taylor Jording and Gracie Robinson accounting for the other two hits the Lady Knights produced. Jording managed the only RBI for KCU. Defensively, Coleman and Robinson had four assists each while Jording and Rachel Purser combined for 17 putouts in the two games.