Softball Splits a Pair in Opening Weekend

Softball Splits a Pair in Opening Weekend

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) - Thomas More softball opened its season today splitting two games, taking on Case Western Reserve and Transylvania in the Pio Classic. The Saints shut-out CWR 8-0 in five innings, but fell to Transylvania 11-5. With the split, the Saints end the weekend 1-1. 

CASE WESTERN RESERVE

  • The Saints went up early, as Elana Harrison hit a sacrifice fly out to left center, scoring Whitney Quillen to take the 1-0 lead in the first inning.
  • Amanda Lloyd stole second as Quillen stole home to take the 2-0 lead in the third inning. 
  • National Player of the Year prospect, Andrea Gahan, hit a Grand Slam over the left field fence, scoring Lloyd, Quillen, and Alix DeDreu, putting the Saints up 6-0 in the fifth inning.
  • Kenzi Dickerson kept the Saints' momentum going, as she reached first base on a fielders choice and advanced to second on a throwing error, which advanced Lindsey Meier to third and scored at the plate on the error, putting the Saints up 7-0 in the fifth. 
  • DeDreu hit the game ending ball as she singled to left-center field, advancing Baylee Hobeika and scored Adrian Marquez.

  • DeDreu was on the mound against the Spartans, facing 20 batters, allowing only three hits and striking out six. DeDreu also recorded two hits at the plate, scoring once. 
  • Gahan hit her first home run of the season for a Grand Slam, as she cleared the bases. 
  • Quillen and Lloyd led the team with three hits each, scoring off each of those hits. 
  • The Saints had the 10-3 advantage in hits and 6-0 in RBI's.


TRANSYLVANIA 

  • Transy took an early 6-0 lead in the first inning. 
  • The Saints found their stride in te fourth as Gahan doubled to right field, scoring Lloyd and Quillen.
  • Dickerson singled to the right side of the field, advancing Mary Beth Odom to third and scoring Gahan.
  • Morgan Wells singled to right field, moving Taylor Peterson to third and scoring Odom to put the saints within two.
  • After the Pioneers extended their lead to seven, Odom gave the Saints a last chance effort in the sixth, as she hit a solo home run to put the Saints within six, falling 11-5. 

  • Three different Saints saw action on the mound tonight, Kianah Towe getting the start, facing seven batters, giving up the first six runs of the game.
  • Olivia Jackson replaced Towe, facing 24 batters, allowing five hits for six runs, after pitching 4.2 innings. 
  • Ashley Leicht finished the game out, facing five batters and allowing one hit in the one inning pitched. 
  • DeDreu led the team with three hits in her four at bats.
  • Quillen, Gahan, and Odom, each recorded two hits at the plate, Gahan with a double and Odom with a home run. 
  • Gahan recorded the team high against the Pioneers with two RBI's. 
  • Odom led the team scoring three runs tonight. 
  • The Saints had the 13-8 advantage in hits and had seven more at bats than the Pioneers. 

  • The Saints head south to compete in the Spring Games 2019 in Winter Haven and Kissimmee, Fla. over Spring Break.