For Immediate Release
March 8, 2009
EC opens season vs. #7 DePauw, Centre at maryville Invite
Eureka College had a tough assignment in the 2009 season opener, having to square off Sunday morning with the DePauw University Tigers, the seventh ranked team according to the latest NCFA ratings. The Red Devils fell 5-0, but gave DePauw its closest game in four contests to begin the season at the Maryville Invitational.
Eureka (0-2) played errorless ball in the field behind starter Abby Segal (Peoria, Ill./Limestone), who went the distance, striking out four. DePauw (4-0), which averaged over eight runs per contest in four games played at Maryville, managed five runs and eight hits against Segal.
Cathy Kalnicky (Bolingbrook, Ill./HS) recorded both of Eureka's hits in three at bats on the day against DePauw starter Megan Soultz, who was a first team All-American last season. Kalnicky singled to left to lead off the second inning, then singled to right with one gone in the seventh.
The Tigers got on the board in the third on a solo home run by Emma Minx. They mounted a three run rally in the fourth and added a single tally in the fifth.
The Red Devils got their bats going in the second game of the day, if just for one inning. Eureka sent four runners across the dish in the bottom of the third, but could not overcome a 5-0 deficit in a 7-4 decision versus Centre College. The Red Devils collected seven hits, and benefitted from three Colonel miscues in the field.
Centre (1-7) was opportunistic in running out to a 5-0 advantage. The Colonels picked up three runs on just one hit in the first, then the top of the order began a two run, three hit rally all with two outs in the second.
Eureka jumped right back into the game in the third. Mary Garbett (Georgetown, Ohio/Western Brown) led off the frame with a single and later scored on one of three Centre errors in the inning. Carissa Alig (Metamora, Ill./HS) and Nicole Ropp (Minonk, Ill./Fieldcrest) also took advantage of the Colonels' haphazard play by reaching on errors setting the table for the middle of the EC order. Kalnicky knocked in Alig with a single, then Eureka starter Tomi Tapper (East Peoria, Ill./HS) closed the gap to 5-4 with a two-run triple that sent home Ropp and Kalnicky.
Tapper's 2-for-3 day with the bat, which included a double and triple, unfortunately did not save her from being charged with the loss in her college pitching debut. She gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits. Segal was called on in a relief role in the fourth inning, pitching 3.1 innings. She allowed one run on three hits.
Other offensive highlights on the day included Garbett, a junior outfielder, who carded her first multi-hit game of her career, going 2-for-3. Also, Allie Trainer (Manito, Ill./Midwest Central) recorded her first career hit with a two-out single in the sixth inning in a pinch hitting stint.
The Red Devils will match up with Piedmont College and host Maryville College on Monday. Piedmont has a 2-1 mark at the Maryville Invitational thus far, while Maryville is 1-2.
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