For Immediate Release
March 25, 2009
Trainer's 7th inning RBI punctuates Brandt's 4-Hitter in 1-0 EC win
Eureka College managed just one run in its non-conference doubleheader at Greenville College Wednesday, but it was enough to gain a split on the day thanks to a four-hit shutout in game two tossed by junior Kelsey Brandt (Morton, Ill./HS). The Red Devils took a 1-0 advantage on a two-out hit in the top of the seventh, and Brandt pitched around an error in the bottom of the frame to preserve the lead. Greenville took the first game 8-0.
Eureka (3-11) had numerous opportunities to get on the scoreboard much earlier than the last inning. The Red Devils had their lead off hitter reach base safely in five out of seven tries. Carissa Alig (Metamora, Ill./HS) even led off the game with a triple only to be stranded right there three outs later. Greenville (4-10) escaped EC rallies in the third and fourth innings as well.
Meanwhile, Brandt, who was dusted in relief for three runs in the final inning of game one, was dealing in the circle for Eureka. She allowed just one base runner through the first four stanzas. She won her toughest battle in the sixth as Brya Irvin doubled with one away and went to third on a hit by the next batter, Amanda Davison. But Irvin was doubled off of third base on an unassisted double play by Eureka's Jill Doty (Metamora, Ill./HS) to keep the game scoreless.
It did not stay that way for much longer. Doty coincidently led off the top of the next inning for EC with a single, then went to second on a ground out. After a pop out got the Panthers one out from getting out of the jam, Allie Trainer (Manito, Ill./Midwest Central) knocked in the only run of the game with a single. Having been thrown out at home earlier in the game after a walk, Trainer was 1-for-1 in the game.
Alig was 2-for-3 at the plate, including her first career triple. Eureka out-hit Greenville 7-4. Other Red Devils in the hot column were Cathy Kalnicky (Bolingbrook, Ill./Plainfield), Tomi Tapper (East Peoria, Ill./HS) and Nicole Ropp (Minonk, Ill./Fieldcrest). Brandt struck out four and allowed just four hits and no walks over seven innings pitched. It was her second consecutive start that ended in a shutout.
In game one, the contest was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Panthers unloaded five runs thanks in part to a trio of Red Devil errors. Eureka starter Abby Segal (Peoria, Ill./Limestone) surrendered only one hit through the first three innings, but had to concede three unearned tallies in the fourth.
Greenville picked up three additional runs of support in the fifth to make the final count 8-0. The Panthers recorded eight hits, including four with two outs. They also played errorless ball defensively.
Alig and Kalnicky had hits for Eureka. They each currently have a five game hitting streak.
The Red Devils have four games scheduled at the first ever SLIAC Round Robin this weekend at ABC Ball Park in St. Ann, Mo. They are slated to take on MacMurray College at 6:00 pm and Westminster College at 8:00 pm Friday, March 27. They will then play two more SLIAC opponents Saturday afternoon. All of the games this weekend will not count toward the league standings.
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