For Immediate Release
Softball -- April 16, 2011
Eureka Softball Falls Twice at Webster
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. – The Eureka College softball team had its school-record six-game St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win streak snapped on Saturday, losing a pair of contests to defending league champion Webster at Blackburn Park in Webster Groves, Mo. The Gorloks won game one, 2-1, before topping the Red Devils in the nightcap, 11-0.
In game one, Webster jumped in front early with a pair of runs in the first inning. The Gorloks loaded the bases with one out behind a double and a pair of walks before Hanna Brindisi coaxed a walk to force home the first run of the game. Tabatha Bahre later added a run-scoring groundout later in the frame to give the Gorloks a 2-0 lead.
The score remained 2-0 until the Red Devils entered the run column in the top half of the fourth inning. Junior second baseman Tomi Tapper (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) started the rally with a leadoff double and moved to third base two batters later on a single from freshman Emily Campbell (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.). With runners on the corners, freshman Amanda Murphy (Manteno, Ill./Manteno H.S.) singled to score Tapper, cutting the Eureka deficit in half, 2-1. Webster starting pitcher Ashley Meagher was able to escape the inning with the lead intact after a pair of groundouts ended the inning with the go-ahead run stranded on the basepaths.
The Red Devils threatened again in the sixth inning, loading the bases behind another double from Tapper and singles from junior center fielder Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central) and Murphy, but Meagher kept the Gorloks in front after back-to-back popouts ended the inning with the bases loaded.
Eureka starting pitcher Sarah Jesse (Mackinaw, Ill./Bloomington H.S.) turned in another solid outing in the circle in game one, tossing all 6.0 innings and allowing only two runs on two hits. She retired eight straight Gorloks at one point midway through the contest. Tapper finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate to pace the Eureka offense, while Murphy finished with two hits. The Red Devils outhit Webster, 7-2, but stranded seven baserunners.
The Gorloks scored runs in each of the five innings in their victory in game two. Brindisi’s sacrifice fly opened the scoring in the first inning before the Gorloks slowly built a 4-0 lead after three innings. Webster opened up a double-digit lead thanks to a five-run fifth inning.
Eureka managed only three hits in game two but was able to load the bases in the second inning before a groundout and a strikeout ended the threat. Hamilton finished the game 2-for-2. She also hit safely in the opener to extend her hit streak to 14 games.
Eureka will return home to host Greenville in a SLIAC doubleheader this Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Red Devils beat the Panthers three times in 2010, including a 13-5 victory at the SLIAC Tournament to eliminate the Panthers.
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