For Immediate Release
Softball -- April 3, 2011
Eureka Win Streak Snapped at Monmouth
MONMOUTH, Ill. – The Eureka College softball team saw its four-game win streak come to an end Sunday afternoon, dropping both games of a non-conference doubleheader at Monmouth at Bobby Woll Memorial Field in Monmouth, Ill. The Fighting Scots beat the Red Devils in game one, 8-4, and also won the nightcap in five innings, 9-0.
The hosts wasted little time jumping to an early lead in the opener, plating three runs against Eureka starting pitcher Kelsey Cochran (Galva, Ill./Galva H.S.) in the bottom of the first inning. Monmouth’s Lauren Bergstresser reached base to start the inning on a Eureka error, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored the first run of the game on Jennifer Krueger’s groundout. Caitlin Lingle and Brooke Twohill also drove home runs during the inning.
Eureka freshman catcher Emily Campbell (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac H.S.) put the Red Devils on the board with her first collegiate home run in top of the second inning, a solo shot to cut the visitors’ deficit to 3-1.
Monmouth stretched its lead with two more runs in the third inning on a two-run homer from Kelsey Barnes. Twohill drove home two more runs in the fifth with an RBI single and Monmouth led 7-1 after five.
The Red Devils rallied in the sixth, getting a two-run home run from junior second baseman Tomi Tapper (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.), her second bomb of the spring. Eureka added an unearned run later in the inning when a ground ball off the bat of senior Jill Doty (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.) was misplayed, allowing junior Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central) to score to make the score 7-4 in favor of the hosts. The offensive burst wasn’t enough, however, as Monmouth added an insurance run in the sixth before closing out the Red Devils in the seventh for the win.
Hamilton, Campbell and Tapper combined to record four of Eureka’s six hits. Cochran took the loss, allowing five earned runs over 4.2 innings. Barnes and Lingle each collected a game-high three hits to pace the hosts. Three Monmouth pitchers combined to get through the game, while starter Lacie Henderson earned the victory.
Lingle’s two-run single in the first inning of the nightcap gave the hosts another early lead. Barnes recorded an RBI double in the third inning to score Lingle before Brittany Forney blasted a three-run homer later in the frame for a 6-0 lead. Lingle later added a solo home run to highlight a three-run fourth inning for the Fighting Scots.
Monmouth starting pitcher Jalynne Young allowed only three hits through 4.0 innings to earn the victory. Lingle had three more hits and finished the doubleheader 6-for-6 with five RBI.
Eureka will resume St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play this Wednesday in its 2011 home opener, a 3 p.m. doubleheader against Blackburn. Both the Red Devils and Beavers will enter the doubleheader with perfect 4-0 records in SLIAC play.
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