For Immediate Release
Softball -- March 16, 2011
Belhaven Takes Two From Eureka Softball
RIDGELAND, Miss. – Belhaven freshman third baseman Annalee Carr clubbed three home runs and four pitchers combined to throw 10.0 scoreless inning over the course of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Eureka College, leading the NAIA #12 Blazers to a sweep over the Red Devils at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland, Miss. The Blazers claimed game one, 9-0, and won game two, 8-0.
The Blazers were powered by four home runs in the opener, including a two-run shot from CeCee Austin for a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning. Rachel Wright made it 3-0 with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the second.
Carr smashed her first home run of the night in the third inning, a two-run bomb to push the hosts to a 5-0 lead. Carr’s second home run of the game and an RBI single by Kayla Maldonado in the fourth gave the Blazers a 9-0 lead and closed the scoring in the opener.
Belhaven starter Sarah Burns struck out the first seven batters she faced and didn’t allow a hit until Eureka junior Tomi Tapper (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) smacked a one-out single in the fourth inning. Burns yielded two hits, struck out 11 Red Devils and walked one through 4.0 innings before yielding to reliever Ashley Mottola in the fifth inning.
In the nightcap, Austin drilled a two-run single in the bottom of the first to open the scoring and give Belhaven a 2-0 lead. Katie Sanders added another two-run single later in the inning before the Blazers eventually closed the inning with a 5-0 lead. Carr collected her third home run of the night in the second inning to make it a 7-0 lead. Emily Tucker’s RBI infield single in the third inning pushed Belhaven in front 8-0.
Eureka senior outfielder Amy Scammahorn (Decatur, Ill./Warrensburg-Latham H.S.) slapped a one-out single just inside the bag down the right field line in the third inning for the Red Devils’ first hit of the game. Freshman Caty Eeten (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S./Illinois Central) also singled in the fourth for Eureka’s lone offense of the nightcap.
Senior Jill Doty (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.) hurled a scoreless inning of relief in game two, extending her scoreless streak to open the season to 8.0 innings.
Eureka will conclude its road trip through the south on Thursday, playing two games at the William Carey Invitational in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Red Devils will play host William Carey at 1 p.m. and Georgetown (Ky.) at 3 p.m. Both schools are members of the NAIA.
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