3/29/2008 12:00:00 AM
Redhawks Lead Doesn't Hold Up Against Lady Govs
March 29, 2008
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - (Saturday, March 29, 2008) The Redhawks softball team couldn't hold leads of three-runs and two-runs as the Lady Govs rallied to win 5-4 in the opening game of a three-game series with their Ohio Valley Conference opponents at Lady Govs Field on Saturday afternoon. The second game of the planned doubleheader was postponed to tomorrow due to rain.
The Lady Govs (5-18, 2-6 OVC) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to snap their eight game losing streak. With two outs and the bases loaded Krista New rocked a double to the gap in right center as Brittany Williams hustled in from first base and slid home safely for the winning run.
The Redhawks (13-17, 3-6 OVC) struck early with three runs in the opening inning. Michelle Summers (Glendale, CA/Hoover) led-off with a single to left field and moved to second on an error. She moved to third on Jennifer Vasquez (Placentia, CA/El Dorado) perfectly placed sacrifice bunt. Stacia Dopudja (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA/Santa Margarita Catholic) then singled to right center with two outs to plate Summers for the first runs of the game. Lauren Bradley (Overland Park, KS/Shawnee Mission South) matched her with her own single to right center to move Dopudja to third. A passed ball by Lady Govs pitcher Ashley Elrod scored Dopudja and moved Bradley into scoring position. Another Lady Govs error on an Alex Ramirez (Corona, CA/El Modena) grounder would score Bradley and give the Redhawks a quick 3-0 lead.
Those three runs appeared to be all that ace Elaine Fisher (St. Peters, MO/Francis Howell North) needed as she pitched herself out of trouble the first three innings as the Lady Govs stranded a total of seven base runners including leaving the bases loaded in the second and the third innings. The fourth would be another story however as the Lady Govs knocked the deficit to one run off the bat of Ashley Taylor who doubled in two runs.
It seemed as though Fisher got in a groove after that inning as she pitched a perfect fifth and sixth inning until the dreaded seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh the Redhawks put the lead back up to two-runs but couldn't capitalize on their own bases-loaded situation as they could only manage one run as Bradley walked with the bases loaded to plate Summers.
Fisher (8-12) pitched her 14th complete game in 17 starts for the loss. She allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits but fell victim to a season-high four walks.
Elrod got her fourth win of the season as she to finished what she started allowing four runs (two earned) and pitched around 11 Redhawk hits.
Summers and McDonald each went 3-4 at the plate. For Summers it was her team-high 15th multi-hit game of the season and scored on two of her three hits. McDonald collected her team-high fifth three-hit game of the season and her 10th multi-hit game of the season.
Bradley went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. She has now hit safely in a season-high seven games as she collected her seventh multi-hit game of the season.
Dopudja rounded out the multi-hit performers for the Redhawks as she went 2-3 with a run scored and one RBI.
The teams will conclude the series with a doubleheader tomorrow with the start time set for 11:00 a.m. at Lady Govs Field.