For Immediate Release
March 10, 2010
Eureka Softball Falls Twice at LeTourneau
LONGVIEW, Texas – Eureka College freshman Lauren Kao (Normal, Ill./Normal Community H.S.) collected the first three hits of her collegiate career over the course of Wednesday’s doubleheader against LeTourneau in Longview Texas, but the host Yellow Jackets recorded a 4-1 win in game one and finished the sweep with an 8-2 come-from-behind victory over the Red Devils, Wednesday afternoon.
LeTourneau raced to a 3-0 lead in the opener with a single run in the bottom of the first inning and a pair of runs in the second inning. The Red Devils responded with an RBI single from Kao to score sophomore shortstop Carissa Alig (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.), trimming the Eureka deficit to 3-1. LeTourneau starting pitcher Kelsie Mercer-Stephenson retired the next 10 Red Devils in order, and the Yellow Jackets added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth to secure the 4-1 win. Eureka starting pitcher Kelsey Brandt (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) went the distance in the loss for the Red Devils, striking out one.
In game two, the Red Devils jumped in front 2-0 after back-to-back run-scoring doubles from Kao and sophomore second baseman Tomi Tapper (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) in the first inning. Kao’s double scored senior Amy Scammahorn (Decatur, Ill./Warrensburg-Latham H.S./Parkland), who started the rally with a one-out single earlier in the inning. Eureka starter Sarah Jesse (Mackinaw, Ill./Bloomington H.S./Illinois Central) held the Yellow Jackets scoreless through the first three innings, but LeTourneau broke through to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after consecutive RBI singles from Alex Flanagan and Jerrica Sepak.
The Yellow Jackets took the lead for good with a five-run fifth inning. Crissy Simmons smacked a two-run double to ignite the scoring during the frame. LeTourneau added another run in the sixth for an 8-2 lead, but Eureka loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning. The rally was thwarted, however, when Flanagan coaxed a strikeout and a groundout to end the game.
Six different Red Devils recorded a hit in the second game, led by a 2-for-4 performance from Kao. Jesse allowed all eight runs over six innings to take the loss for Eureka.
The Red Devils will return to action Thursday with a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader at Texas College in Tyler, Texas, the final two games of Eureka’s spring break trip.
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