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Softball: LWC splits with the Tigers at Hord Field

Campbellsville, KY - The Battle of Highway 55 did not disappoint in the first two games of the series as both teams walked away from Hord Softball Field with a win on Thursday. Lindsey Wilson softball picked up a comeback win in game one, 10-8, as No. 24 Campbellsville University responded in game two, 8-4, to even up the series.

In this matchup, bats were connecting for both sides as there were a total of 43 hits combined as they best of one another in the final innings of each game.

Game One | LWC 10, Campbellsville 8
A slow start that seemed like it could become one-sided for the Tigers turned into a slugfest at the plate in favor of the Blue Raiders. Nine runs in the last three innings of play lifted Lindsey Wilson over Campbellsville as they bounced back from a 2-1 series loss against Shawnee State (Ohio) last weekend.

The Tigers got things going early in the first inning as their first hit reached center field for the RBI double to go up 1-0. After getting three quick outs, CU added onto their lead with a two RBI home run in the following inning. Campbellsville tallied two more runs in the third as they took a 5-0 lead into the fourth inning.

After a small drought at the plate, Amanda Schick opened up the scoring for Lindsey Wilson in the fourth despite facing the two-out count with her first HR of two through the left side. Schick led all Blue Raiders in runs with three total.

The Blue Raiders were able to cut the margin to 5-4 in the following inning after a two RBI home run from Madyson Jones and a single by Alexis Garayzar that scored Brylee Pickerell. Garayzar went 3-4 at bat with three hits as Jones added her first HR of the season. CU then responded with a two RBI home run of their own to go back up three runs, 7-4.

Schick came out strong in the sixth inning with a second fly ball over the fence as Desiree Chang followed up with a RBI single to cut the margin to one. Za'Kiya Sizemore returned the favor for Chang and Pickerell to give LWC its first lead of the game. Garayzar's RBI double then gave Lindsey Wilson a 9-7 lead heading to the last inning.

Both LWC and CU added one run in the seventh as the Blue Raiders secured the 10-8 victory in game one.

Grace Adams started off the day on the mound where she pitched three innings and threw 32 strikes with just two walks before exiting. Savannah Robbins replaced Adams in the fourth as she faced eight batters and a total of 22 pitches thrown with 12 strikes. Robbins got the win to boost her record to 4-0 as Olivia Franceschi was credited the save.

Game Two | LWC 4, Campbellsville 8
A hot start by the Blue Raiders looked promising but was not able to carry through as the Tigers outlasted LWC in a slower paced second game that recorded eight errors between the two.

Chang started off Lindsey Wilson on the board first after Garayzar hit one into right field for the RBI double. Sandoval followed up with an RBI single to score Garayzar after not being able to record a hit in the first game.Jones recorded an RBI single of her own to make it 3-0 at the end of the first inning as she finished the day with two hits and three RBIs on seven opportunities at the plate.

The Blue Raiders were able to reach home one more time in the second inning after an error was committed by the Tigers to put LWC up 2-0. Campbellsville was able to bring the game within one run after scoring on an RBI single in the third and a two RBI homerun in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-3.

The Tigers scored the equalizer with a lead-off homerun in the sixth by Caroline Pitcock which sparked a five-run inning on five hits for CU. The hot streak at bat in the bottom of the sixth led Campbellsville to a hard fought 8-4 win over Lindsey Wilson.

Abigail Cruz got the start in game two as she faced 16 total batters and threw 27 strikes while allowing six hits and three earned runs. Adams entered the game in the fourth inning where she recorded 27 strikes as well and three strikeouts on 40 pitches. Robbins got to close out in the bottom of the sixth where she recorded 10 strikes on 18 pitches and five total batters faced.

Lindsey Wilson and the Tigers will finish their three-game series on Saturday at noon on Hord Softball Field in Campbellsville, KY.

This story was posted on 2023-03-17 08:14:44
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