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Shawnee State dropped their opener to the Patriots of St. Catharine in the Mid-South Conference tournament. The Patriots scored eight runs over the final four innings to overcoming a 2-0 deficit as the sixth-seeded St. Catharine beat the Bears 8-2.
The Bears opened the game scoring twice in the bottom of the third inning. Nikki Nance started the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Two batters later first team All-Conference member Katy Bender doubled to left. With runners on second and third, Nance scored on a wild pitch for the game’s first run.
Ericka Leighty singled with two outs scoring Bender from third base to extend Shawnee State’s lead to 2-0.
However, the Patriots scored eight runs over the final four innings to stun the Bears in the opening game.
Starting pitcher Ali Thompson of Franklin Furnace tossed five innings allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out eight batters. Tara Prater came in relief for Shawnee State and threw two innings allowing three runs on two hits.
Jourdan Priddy went 2-for-3 and Leighty went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Bender went 1-for-3 with a run scored for the Bears.
Trailing 2-0, Shawnee State scored three runs in the sixth to eliminate Georgetown College from the Mid-South Conference Tournament. With the win, Shawnee State advances to day two of the tournament to face rival Rio Grande at 11:30 a.m. in Danville, KY.
Bears advance with win over Georgetown
The Bears kept their MSC Tournament run alive with a 3-2 victory over the Tigers of Georgetown.
The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead.
After giving up three hits in the first, freshman Allie Chapman settled down and held the Tigers to only one hit the remainder of the game.
The Bears took advantage of Chapman’s excellence and had a big sixth inning. Shawnee State led off the inning with back-to-back doubles by senior Jourdan Priddy and freshman Katy Bender to get on the board.
A base hit by junior Ericka Leighty put runners on the corners. A stolen base by Leighty put two runners in scoring position. With two outs, sophomore Brittany Ellis of Lucasville hit her third double of the game, scoring both runners and giving Shawnee the eventual 3-2 win.
Ellis finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate, while Bender went 2-for-4.
Chapman pitched the complete game allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
Michelle Dresselhaus was tagged with the loss for the Tigers.