(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The President's Athletic Conference Championship Tournament opened up today in Crestview Hills, Ky. with Thomas More hosting Westminster, Bethany, and Saint Vincent. With Thomas More as the top seed, the Saints took on Bethany in the first game, taking down the Bison 9-1 in five innings. With the win, the Saints moved on to play the winner of game one, which was Westminster. The Saints fell to Westminster 4-1, giving the Saints their first loss of the tournament. With the split games, the Saints move to 28-14 overall.
In game one, the Saints got on the board early in the game, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning. Sammy Sagers reached first on an error by Bethany, advancing Andrea Gahan to third and scoring Alix DeDreu. The game remained scoreless until the Saints got hot at the plate again, scoring five runs in the fourth inning. Kenzie Dickerson doubled to right center, which brought Mary Beth Odom home. Laura Finke singled to left center, advancing Amanda Lloyd to second and scoring Danielle Piening. Dallis Knotts singled to center field, advancing to second on the throw and Finke to third, scoring Lloyd. Gahan reached first on a Bethany error, advancing DeDreu to third on the throw and scoring Knotts, giving the Saints the 6-0 lead. Bethany cut the lead to five scoring one run in the top of the fifth, but the Saints kept their momentum going scoring three more in the bottom of the fifth. Knotts hit a sacrifice fly to right field, advancing Lloyd and scoring Sydney Turner. DeDreu singled, scoring Finke and Lloyd for the go-ahead 9-1 win.
In the second game, both teams went scoreless until the Titans of Westminster struck first, scoring one run in the third inning. The Saints answered in the fourth inning, tying the game at one each. Gahan tripled to right field, scoring DeDreu. Westminster would go on to score three in the seventh inning, off of a two run home run, to leave the day going 2-0, with a 4-1 victory over Thomas More.
DeDreu was on the mound for the Saints in both games, facing 20 batters in game one and only allowing four hits and one run. She recorded five strikeouts against the Bison. DeDreu faced 33 batters, allowing four runs off nine hits with six strikeouts.
In game one, Knotts went 3-3 scoring one run and recording two RBI's. DeDreu went 3-4, scoring one run and recording three RBI's. In game two, Gahan went 2-2 recording one RBI. Lloyd and DeDreu both with 1-3 while Knotts went 1-4.
The Saints are back in action tomorrow for Day 2 of the PAC Championship Tournament, facing Saint Vincent in the first game of the day. First pitch will be thrown out at 11:00 am.