Shawnee State dropped their opener to the Patriots of St. Catharine's in the Mid-South Conference tournament. The Patriots scored eight runs over the final four innings to overcoming a 2-0 deficit as the sixth-seeded St. Catharine's beat the Bears 8-2.
The Bears opened the game scoring twice in the bottom of the third inning. Nikki Nance (Proctorville, OH) started the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Two batters later first team All-Conference member Katy Bender (Canal Winchester, OH) doubled to left. With runners on second and third, Nance scored on a wild pitch for the game's first run.
Ericka Leighty (South Point, OH) singled with two outs scoring Bender from third base to extend Shawnee State's lead to 2-0.
However, the Patriots scored eight runs over the final four innings to stun the Bears in the opening game.
Starting pitcher Ali Thompson (Franklin Furnace, OH) tossed five innings allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out eight batters. Tara Prater (Hilliard, OH) came in relief for Shawnee State and threw two innings allowing three runs on two hits.
Jourdan Priddy (Xenia, OH) went 2-for-3 and Leighty went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Bender went 1-for-3 with a run scored for the Bears.
The Beard will face Georgetown College at 3:30 p.m. today in an elimination game.