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Softball - Mon, Mar. 20, 2017

The Saint Mary softball team hosted Jamestown and Morningside this weekend. On Saturday, the Spires split a double header with Jamestown, but took losses to Jamestown and Morningside on Sunday. Saint Mary is now 7-17-1 on the season.

In the first game of the weekend, Saint Mary and Jamestown went scoreless through the first four innings. The Spires would strike first as they broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jamestown would cut the lead in half with two runs in the top of the sixth, but Saint Mary scored five more times in the bottom of the inning to secure a 9-2 victory.

Carrie Lee pitched five innings and allowed two runs on six hits. She struck out three and walked one. Samantha Torres pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Kaila Trowbridge had a team high three hits in the win. Hannah Gradillas and Lee each had two hits. Maddison Carr hit a double for the Spires as well.

Game two on Saturday saw both teams go scoreless through the first five innings. Jamestown would get a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh, however, and take the game 3-0. The Spires were held to just two hits in the game, both by Nicole DeSimone. Lee started her second game of the day and pitched six innings while allowing two runs on six hits. She struck out two and walked just one.

On Sunday, the Spires opened the day with their third game of the weekend against Jamestown. The Jimmies opened the scoring with a run in the first inning. The Spires answered with two runs in the third, but Jamestown reclaimed the lead with runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Saint Mary scored three times to lead 5-3, but Jamestown would force extra innings with two runs in the seventh. In the eighth inning, Jamestown scored five runs and won the game 10-6.

Torres took the loss pitching in relief. Saint Mary would make three costly errors in the loss. Tycee Coplan, Kayla Hackney, Alana Renshaw, and Carr each had two hits for the Spires. Gradillas homered for the Spires only extra base hit of the game.

In the final game of the series, Saint Mary hosted #9 Morningside. The Spires trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the first but scored two runs in the bottom of the inning. Saint Mary found themselves trailing again 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth but scored three more times to tie the game at 5-5. The Morningside offense would not be denied as they scored five more runs in the game and took a 10-6 victory.

Gradillas finished two for four at the plate hitting a double and her second home run of the weekend. Torres had two doubles for the Spires. Coplan also had two hits. Saint Mary scored six runs on 10 hits in the loss. Abagail Gonzales, Lee, and Torres all pitched allowing 10 runs on 13 hits.

Saint Mary opens KCAC play on Wednesday against Bethany in Lindsborg. The double header will begin at 2pm.