For Immediate Release
April 12, 2010
Red Devils Rally For SLIAC Split With MacMurray
EUREKA, Ill. – Eureka College sophomore shortstop Carissa Alig (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.) hit a two-run single to ignite a five-run rally in the fifth inning of Monday’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game against MacMurray, leading the Red Devils to a 5-2 come-from-behind win in game two. The Highlanders scored three times in the first inning of the opener on their way to a 6-1 win.
In game two, MacMurray took an early 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI single from first baseman Jenn Ogden in the first inning. MacMurray starting pitcher Lee Miller protected the one-run lead until Eureka broke out for a five-run fifth inning and a 5-1 lead. Freshman designated player Katie Cox (Streator, Ill./Streator H.S.) led off the inning with a single to left field, her first collegiate hit. Freshman Lauren Kao (Normal, Ill./Normal Community H.S.) and sophomore Heather Skelton (Harvard, Ill./Alden-Hebron H.S.) followed with singles to load the bases for Alig, who smacked a single up the middle to score Kao and senior Jill Doty (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S./Illinois Central), who had reached earlier in the inning on a fielder’s choice, for a 2-1 Eureka lead.
Eureka pushed its lead to 4-1 later in the inning when Miller uncorked a wild pitch that scored Skelton and Alig, who hustled to score from second base on the play. Sophomore starting pitcher Sarah Jesse (Mackinaw, Ill./Bloomington H.S.) added an RBI fielder’s choice later in the inning to cap the five-run inning.
MacMurray catcher Rikki Jenkins recorded an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning, but Eureka was able to hold off the Highlanders to earn its fifth SLIAC victory of the season. Kao went 2-for-4 to lead the Eureka offense. Jesse scattered 10 hits over 7.0 innings to earn her third victory of the season and second win over MacMurray in the last 16 days.
The visitors sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning of game one to jump to a 3-0 lead. Eureka starting pitcher Kelsey Brandt (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) retired the first batter of the game before MacMurray put together six consecutive singles for the 3-0 lead. The Highlanders made it 4-0 one inning later on a sacrifice fly from Kayla Deany.
Eureka eventually fell behind 6-0 before Jesse hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to score sophomore second baseman Tomi Tapper (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) for the Red Devils’ only run of the game. Tapper led the Red Devils in game one with a 2-for-3 showing. Skelton recorded Eureka’s only extra-base hit of the doubleheader with a one-out double in the third inning.
Eureka will travel to Greenville for a doubleheader this Wednesday at 3 p.m. to begin a six-game stretch of road contests. The Red Devils will return home to host Principia in a SLIAC doubleheader on April 22 at 3 p.m.
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