For Immediate Release
Softball -- April 27, 2011
Westminster Sweeps Eureka Softball
FULTON, Mo. – Playing for the first time in 11 days, the Eureka College softball team dropped a pair of St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games at Westminster, Wednesday afternoon at Blue Jay Field in Fulton, Mo. The Blue Jays blanked the Red Devils in game one, 5-0, and rallied for a 13-5 victory in six innings in the nightcap.
The Blue Jays (8-15, 6-8 SLIAC) racked up all the offense they would need in the first inning of the opener, scoring three times with two outs for a 3-0 lead. Rai’an Harris smacked an RBI double to score Brittany Lee to break the scoreless tie, followed by a two-run home run by Amy Baumhoer.
Eureka (9-13, 6-4 SLIAC) managed just two hits in the opener against Lee, who earned her fourth victory of the season in the pitching circle. Junior starting pitcher Sarah Jesse (Mackinaw, Ill./Bloomington H.S.) and junior shortstop Carissa Alig (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.) collected the only hits for the Red Devils.
The Eureka offense came to life in the third inning of game two. Junior second baseman Tomi Tapper (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) drilled her team-best sixth double of the season down the right field line to score Alig and freshman Caty Eeten (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S./Illinois Central) for a 2-0 lead. Junior center fielder Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central) followed with her fourth home run of the season and senior Jill Doty (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.) also hit a run-scoring single for a 5-0 Eureka lead.
Westminster answered with a flurry, scoring 13 unanswered runs for an abbreviated 13-5 win in six innings. Six of the first seven Blue Jays reached base during a six-run fourth inning, and Westminster took the lead for good on a sacrifice fly from Megan Kaysinger. The Blue Jays put the game further out of reach with a seven-run sixth inning, sending 12 batters to the plate.
Hamilton was the only Eureka player to have a multi-hit game during the afternoon, going 2-for-3 with the home run in game two. She is now hitting .492 (30-for-61) in 22 starts this spring.
Eureka will resume SLIAC play Thursday, taking the short trip to the EastSide Centre in East Peoria to play league-leading Fontbonne in a 4 p.m. doubleheader.
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