For Immediate Release
April 10, 2010
Eureka Splits Doubleheader With SLIAC Leader Webster
EUREKA, Ill. – The Eureka College softball team extended its season-long three-game home win streak with a 6-5 win in the opener of Saturday’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Webster, but the Gorloks bounced back to earn a 10-2 win in game two and a doubleheader split, Saturday afternoon in Eureka. Eureka and Webster joined forces on Saturday to raise money for Susan G. Komen For the Cure in their “Go to Bat For Breast Cancer” event.
The Red Devils (6-14, 4-2 SLIAC) broke out with a four-run third inning to take a 4-1 advantage in game one. Freshman outfielder Lauren Kao (Normal, Ill./Normal Community H.S.) started the frame with a triple and was driven home one batter later on an RBI double by sophomore Heather Skelton (Harvard, Ill./Alden-Hebron H.S.), who later scored on a passed ball for a 2-1 Eureka lead. Ashley Unzicker (El Paso, Ill./El Paso-Gridley H.S.) and Tomi Tapper (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) added run-scoring singles later in the inning.
Eureka stretched the lead to 5-1 in the fourth inning behind an RBI double from senior catcher Cathy Kalnicky (Bolingbrook, Ill./Plainfield H.S.), but the visitors put together a four-run fifth inning to force a 5-5 tie. Eureka scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth when Kao drilled a one-out double and later scored on a passed ball by Webster catcher Kaytlin Burczak. Eureka senior starting pitcher Kelsey Brandt (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) worked a perfect seventh inning to secure Eureka’s fourth conference victory of the season.
Kao, Kalnicky, Unzicker and Tapper combined to record nine of Eureka’s 11 hits. Brandt struck out seven Gorloks and didn’t issue a walk. The win was her third of the season.
The Red Devils struck first in the nightcap when Kao led off the game with her fifth triple of the season and later scored on an error. Webster (12-10, 5-1 SLIAC) answered on a run-scoring hit by Jessica Arcangel in the bottom of the frame for a 1-1 tie. Eureka briefly regained a 2-1 lead in the third when Kalnicky singled home Kao, but Webster scored three times in the third and eventually stretched its lead to 10-2 in the fifth inning. Webster sent eight batters to the plate in the five-run fifth inning that ended the game early via the eight-run rule.
Kao and Tapper each went 2-for-2 in game two. Eureka was held to just six hits by Webster starting pitcher Ashley Meagher, who improved to 5-0 on the year with her game two victory.
The Red Devils will host MacMurray in a SLIAC doubleheader this Monday at 3 p.m. in Eureka. The game was originally scheduled for last week, but was postponed because of unplayable field conditions.
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