(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College softball team clinched the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) regular season today (Saturday, April 28, 2018) as it swept Thiel College in a PAC doubleheader on Senior Day at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The Saints won the first game, 3-2, and the nightcap 10-2 in five innings.
The Saints end the regular season at 27-13 and 17-1 in the PAC. Thomas More will be the No. 1 seed in next week's PAC Championship Tournament, which will be played at Thomas More Field on Friday and Saturday (May 4 and 5). The full field and tournament scheduled will be announced Monday (April 30) evening on the PAC website (www.pacathletics.org). Thiel ends the regular season at 12-22 and 7-11 in the PAC.
In the first game, Thiel scored two in the first inning and Thomas More answered with a run in the third and a run in the firth to tie the game at 2-2. In the bottom of the seventh, sophomore catcher Kenzi Dickerson (Union, Ky./Ryle) hit a walk-off single down the left line to score sophomore first baseman Andrea Gahan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) for the game winner.
Junior pitcher Alix DeDreu (Rising Sun, Ind./Rising Sun) earned the win in the circle as she pitched seven innings giving up two runs (both earned) on four hits and struck out five.
Four Saints had multiple hits in the game. Senior center fielder Laura Finke (Fort Wright, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) was two-for-four with a double and a run scored, DeDreu was two-for-four with two runs batted-in, Dickerson was two-for-four with a RBI and sophomore designated player/left fielder Amanda Lloyd (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) was two-for-three.
In the nightcap Thiel scored one in the second and one in the third, but the Saints plated 10 run in the bottom of the fifth inning and win the game 10-2 in five innings.
Thomas More had nine hits in the game with two Saints having multiple hits. Senior pitcher/shortstop Dallis Knotts (Florence, Ky./Boone County) was two-for-three with a double, two RBI and a run scored and senior catcher/designated player Bree Appel (Amelia, Ohio/Batavia) was two-for-two with a RBI and a run scored.
Knotts started in the circle and had a no-decision as she pitched three innings giving up two runs (both earned) on four hits and struck out one. DeDreu earned the win as she pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.