Softball picks up sweep of Pikeville
SSU holds on late in game one, explodes for 11 runs in game two
Pikeville, Ky. – Shawnee State softball picked up a crucial Mid-South Conference sweep on Thursday afternoon, downing Pikeville 5-3 in game one and 11-0 in five innings in game two.
Shawnee State would take an early lead, scoring in the top of the first. Michal Cunningham would lead off the game by reaching on an error by Haley Osborne. Cunningham would get to second on a sacrifice bunt by Katlyn Gleich, and would reach third on Hannah Skaggs’ wild pitch. With two outs, Kayla Koch would walk, and would help bring home Cunningham by getting into a pickle situation on a double steal. Cunningham would score and give Shawnee State a 1-0 lead.
Stacy Trenholm would lead off the top of the second inning with a double. Trenholm then reached third on a groundout by Tatum Wise. Mackenzie Riley’s groundout to short would bring Trenholm home, giving SSU a 2-0 lead after two innings.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, Shawnee State would strike again in the fifth. Haley Rawlins would lead off the inning with a single. Bailey Kemp’s groundout to third would move Rawlins to second. Michal Cunningham would force another Osborne error, moving Rawlins over to third. Katlyn Gleich would then attempt a squeeze bunt, reaching on a bunt single and scoring Rawlins to give SSU a 3-0 lead.
The Bears would add another run in the top of the sixth. Trenholm would get another leadoff hit, this time a single. She would get to second on Skaggs’ second wild pitch of the afternoon. Rawlins would then hit a sharp grounder through the hole at shortstop, scoring Trenholm to give SSU a 4-0 lead.
Shawnee State would need all four runs as Pikeville would rally for three in the bottom of the sixth. Lee Collier would reach base to lead off the inning, reaching first on a bobble by Rawlins. Wise would then allow Collier to take second on a wild pitch, and would hit Kitty Raymond to put two on with no outs. Chandler Kelly would lay down a bunt, and Cunningham would throw wild from near the pitcher’s circle, allowing Collier to score and letting Raymond and Kelly reach second and third, with still no outs. Megan Claypoole would hit a sacrifice fly to right field, getting Raymond home for Pikeville’s second run. Osborne would hit a two-out single to right field to score pinch runner Kendra Gannon, cutting the Shawnee State lead to 4-3 after six complete.
SSU would respond, getting an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Cunningham would lead off the inning with a single to third base, hit off of Skaggs’ leg. Cunningham would reach second on Gleich’s bunt. Marisa Brown would move her over to third base with a single to left field, and Cunningham would score on Kayla Koch’s RBI squeeze play to make the score 5-3 SSU. Shawnee State would hold in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win.
Tatum Wise would get the win, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out three. Hannah Skaggs took the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits in seven innings.
Shawnee State would get off to a similarly fast start in game two, getting two runs in the top of the first. Michal Cunningham would lead off the game with a triple to right-center. With one out, Marisa Brown would crush a two-run home run to left field, putting Shawnee State up 2-0.
The Bears would tack on five runs to take control of the game in the top of the second. Victoria Bevington would lead off the inning with a single, and would steal second. After Megan Shupert-Martin struck out, Cunningham would get her second hit of the game, singling to left to put runners on the corners with one out. Katlyn Gleich would then attempt a squeeze bunt, but Bevington would be caught at the plate. However, Cunningham would take third on the play. Brown would come up big again, hitting a two-run double down the left field line to put SSU up 4-0. Kayla Koch would then walk, and be followed by a three-run homer from Stacy Trenholm, hitting a blast over the center field fence to put Shawnee State up 7-0.
Haley Rawlins would lead off the top of the third inning with a double to straight away center field. Bevington would walk, and both runners would advance one base on a wild pitch by Pikeville reliever Kendra Gannon. Shupert-Martin would then single sharply to third base, loading the bases. Cunningham would walk, scoring Rawlins and keeping the bases loaded. Gleich would hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Bevington, moving both runners up. Brown would get her fifth RBI of the day on a sacrifice fly to drive in Shupert-Martin, and Cunningham would score on the play on a throwing error by Gannon to make the score 11-0 after four. The Bears would hold Pikeville scoreless from there to close out the game in a five-inning run-rule victory.
McKenzie Whittaker allowed no runs on five hits to get the win for Shawnee State, striking out three. Megan Claypoole allowed seven runs on six hits in one and two-thirds innings to take the loss.
The wins improve Shawnee State to 16-10 on the season and 4-6 in the Mid-South Conference. Pikeville fall to 16-12 and 0-6 in the league.
Shawnee State and Pikeville play the final two games of their four game series on Friday, April 6. First pitch of game one in the doubleheader is set for 3:00pm in Pikeville.