(LEXINGTON, Ky.) - Thomas More softball opened its season today splitting two games, taking on Case Western Reserve and Transylvania in the Pio Classic. The Saints shut-out CWR 8-0 in five innings, but fell to Transylvania 11-5. With the split, the Saints end the weekend 1-1.
CASE WESTERN RESERVE
- The Saints went up early, as Elana Harrison hit a sacrifice fly out to left center, scoring Whitney Quillen to take the 1-0 lead in the first inning.
- Amanda Lloyd stole second as Quillen stole home to take the 2-0 lead in the third inning.
- National Player of the Year prospect, Andrea Gahan, hit a Grand Slam over the left field fence, scoring Lloyd, Quillen, and Alix DeDreu, putting the Saints up 6-0 in the fifth inning.
- Kenzi Dickerson kept the Saints' momentum going, as she reached first base on a fielders choice and advanced to second on a throwing error, which advanced Lindsey Meier to third and scored at the plate on the error, putting the Saints up 7-0 in the fifth.
- DeDreu hit the game ending ball as she singled to left-center field, advancing Baylee Hobeika and scored Adrian Marquez.
- DeDreu was on the mound against the Spartans, facing 20 batters, allowing only three hits and striking out six. DeDreu also recorded two hits at the plate, scoring once.
- Gahan hit her first home run of the season for a Grand Slam, as she cleared the bases.
- Quillen and Lloyd led the team with three hits each, scoring off each of those hits.
- The Saints had the 10-3 advantage in hits and 6-0 in RBI's.
- Transy took an early 6-0 lead in the first inning.
- The Saints found their stride in te fourth as Gahan doubled to right field, scoring Lloyd and Quillen.
- Dickerson singled to the right side of the field, advancing Mary Beth Odom to third and scoring Gahan.
- Morgan Wells singled to right field, moving Taylor Peterson to third and scoring Odom to put the saints within two.
- After the Pioneers extended their lead to seven, Odom gave the Saints a last chance effort in the sixth, as she hit a solo home run to put the Saints within six, falling 11-5.
- Three different Saints saw action on the mound tonight, Kianah Towe getting the start, facing seven batters, giving up the first six runs of the game.
- Olivia Jackson replaced Towe, facing 24 batters, allowing five hits for six runs, after pitching 4.2 innings.
- Ashley Leicht finished the game out, facing five batters and allowing one hit in the one inning pitched.
- DeDreu led the team with three hits in her four at bats.
- Quillen, Gahan, and Odom, each recorded two hits at the plate, Gahan with a double and Odom with a home run.
- Gahan recorded the team high against the Pioneers with two RBI's.
- Odom led the team scoring three runs tonight.
- The Saints had the 13-8 advantage in hits and had seven more at bats than the Pioneers.
- The Saints head south to compete in the Spring Games 2019 in Winter Haven and Kissimmee, Fla. over Spring Break.