Quantcast


Last updated: April 24. 2014 11:57PM - 290 Views

Allen Earl|Claiborne ProgressLMU senior outfielder Brianna Mulkey slides safely in to third during the Lady Railsplitters' regular season meeting with Tusculum. Mulkey managed a single in four at bats as LMU dropped a 9-2 decision to the Pioneers in the first round of the SAC Tournament.
Allen Earl|Claiborne ProgressLMU senior outfielder Brianna Mulkey slides safely in to third during the Lady Railsplitters' regular season meeting with Tusculum. Mulkey managed a single in four at bats as LMU dropped a 9-2 decision to the Pioneers in the first round of the SAC Tournament.
Story Tools:

Font Size:

Social Media:

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Paige Sneed and Nicole Ball drove in three runs apiece as Tusculum College defeated Lincoln Memorial University 9-2 in the opening game of the 2014 South Atlantic Conference softball Tournament Thursday at Dorothy Neely Field.


Sneed finished 3-for-3 and was hit by a pitch to force in a run as the fourth-seeded Pioneers (31-22) won their opening game of the SAC Tournament for the third straight year. They will face the winner of Thursday’s final game between top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne and eighth-seeded Catawba in a winners bracket game on Friday at 12:30 p.m.


Kelly King (19-11) allowed nine hits to the fifth-seeded Railsplitters (26-16) but stranded nine runners on base while being supported by a nine-hit attack by her Tusculum teammates.


Tusculum trailed 1-0 in the second inning, but scored twice in the second and another in the third to grab a 3-1 lead. Lincoln Memorial got a run back in the top of the fifth, but the Pioneers put the game away with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and a four-run outburst in the last of the sixth.


After a scoreless first inning, the Railsplitters opened the scoring in the second as Amanda Snow led off with a single and scored on an RBI single by Emilee Solomon. LMU loaded the bases with one out, but a fielder’s choice forceout at the plate and a liner to left prevented further damage.


Tusculum came back with a pair of run in its half of the second off Lincoln Memorial starter Samantha Smith. Courtney Hutcherson led off the inning with a walk and Tavi Parris followed with a single. After a force out, Ball reached on a mishandled throw to load the bases.


Sneed then followed with an RBI single up the middle to drive in Parris and tie the game at 1-1. Following a strikeout, Carolyn Williamson drew a walk on a full-count pitch to plate Katie Brennan and give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead.


Tusculum left runners at first and second in the third and LMU stranded runners at the corners in the fourth to keep the score at 2-1, but the Pioneers added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Sneed led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Leah Powell, who took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a groundout and scored on another wild pitch from Smith for a 3-1 lead.


Lincoln Memorial came right back in the top of the fifth as Jennifer Moose led off with a double and scored on an one-out single by Payton Bruce. However, King started a double play off the bat of Snow to keep the score at 3-2.


Tusculum started to put the game away in the bottom of the fifth as Kaytlin Stroinski walked and Hutcherson was hit by a pitch. After a sacrifice by Parris and a walk to Brennan which loaded the bases, Ball hit a grounder that was mishandled for an error, allowing Stroinski to score for a 4-2 lead. Sneed was then hit by a pitch from reliever Kirstin Toole to force in Hutcherson and give the Pioneers a 5-2 lead.


The Pioneers blew the game open in the sixth, scoring four times to take a 9-2 lead. With one out, Stroinski doubled, took third on an infield single by Hutcherson and scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Parris. After an infield single by Brennan, Ball doubled down the left-field line to bring home two runs and extend the Tusculum lead to 8-2. Sneed capped the scoring with a single to center to knock in Ball with the final run of the game.


Stroinski finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored for the Pioneers, while Hutcherson reached in three of her four trips with a single, walk and hit by pitch. Brennan and Parris each scored a pair of runs in the victory.


For the Railsplitters, Toole went 3-for-3 while Moose was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Solomon reached twice on a hit and walk. Smith (15-9) gave up five runs, four earned, on four hits with three strikeouts and four walks in 4-1/3 innings, while Toole allowed four earned runs on five hits in 1-2/3 innings of work for LMU.


Comments
All user comments are subject to our Terms of Service. Users may flag inappropriate comments.
comments powered by Disqus



Featured Businesses


Poll



Info Minute



Gas Prices

Middlesboro Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com