DANVILLE, Ky. -- After the first day of the Mid-South Conference Softball Tournament at Millennium Park only two teams remain undefeated.
With the help of two lopsided victories on Thursday, Lindsey Wilson College is lucky enough to claim one of the spots in the winner's bracket. The top-seeded Blue Raiders blanked No. 9 Pikeville (Ky.) 8-0 and took care of No. 5 Rio Grande 6-1.
Lindsey Wilson is joined by St. Catharine (Ky.) as the only teams with 2-0 records in postseason play. One will lose at Noon CT on Friday as the two teams are pitted to face each other for the right to advance to the championship round of the double-elimination tournament in Danville, Ky.
Game One – Pikeville
Lauren Seibert improved to 4-0 on the season as she pitched the final three frames of a six-inning game, allowing just one hit and striking out seven against Pikeville. Cara Law pitched the first three innings, allowing two hits and issuing two walks with four strikeouts.
After three scoreless innings, the Blue Raiders broke things open in the fourth inning on a three-run home run by second baseman Jane Egiazarova and added five more runs through the next two games to end the game by run-rule in just six innings.
While Egiazarova provided the fireworks on her only hit, left fielder Andrea Whelan paced Lindsey Wilson with three hits for an RBI, run scored and a double. Center fielder Travatia Bowden also drove in a run on two hits and designated hitter Amy Buwalda added a late home run.
Pikeville finished with just three hits in the game, getting them all from its one, two and three hitters in the lineup. Courtney Patrick took the loss in the circle, scattering eight hits for six runs with just one strikeout.
Game Two – Rio Grande
Lindsey Wilson scored six runs on eight hits while limiting Rio Grande to just one run on five hits to finish day one unblemished in the MSC Tournament.
The Blue Raiders jumped ahead early, scoring all of their runs in the first three innings before being held scoreless for three innings.
Two runs were scored in the first inning on a home run by catcher Josie Cox, three runs were added in the second on three hits and Whelan produced a run in the third on a double, stolen base and scurry home on a wild pitch.
The RedStorm scored their only run in the seventh and final inning as center fielder Haley Gwin singled to center and later scored from third on a groundout.
Kristina Krupinski (3-2) earned the complete-game win, pitching seven innings with one run allowed on five hits. The freshman struck out four batters and walked just one, throwing 70 pitches in the game.
Allison Mills took the loss after lasting just one inning and allowing five runs on four hits. Anna Smith pitched the final five innings and allowed one run on five hits.
Whelan once again led the team with two hits for a run scored and a double. Cox produced a game-high two RBIs with her early blast.
Gwin led the RedStorm, finishing 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.