St. Catharine, Ky. (Softball) – Following a pitcher's duel in game one – a 2-1 victory for St. Catharine College – the Shawnee State bats woke up in a big way, as the Bears collected nine hits and got a shutout performance from Miranda Pauley (JR/Portsmouth, Ohio) to grab an 8-0, five-inning victory over the Patriots on Friday afternoon at Salt River Electric Stadium.
The two squads will square off against Saturday in a doubleheader set for a noon start. The set will close out the Mid-South Conference road schedule for the Bears, who finish MSC play with four games versus Lindsey Wilson on Tuesday and Wednesday at Boone Coleman Field.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Softball) – Shawnee State started off in a hole after surrendering five runs in the first inning of game one and this proved to be the difference, as the Bears lost 8-2 versus the University of Rio Grande on Thursday afternoon.. Game two featured a similar line after Rio Grande scored five in inning number two on the way to an 8-3 victory for the RedStorm at Boone Coleman Field.
The Bears were unable to put together offense against Rio Grande's elite pitching staff. The starter in game one was Jenna Jones, who entered with a record of 13-0. Jones went five innings allowing only one hit and recording two strikeouts. In game two for Shawnee State's Heidi Hall (JR/Greenwich, Ohio) and Miranda Melvin (JR/Oak Hill, Ohio) were both 1-for-3 with an RBI each.
GEORGETOWN, KY (Softball) – Shawnee State was unable to find any offense in game one, as they were shutout, falling by a score of 7-0. Game two featured a balanced offensive attack from the Bears including a two-run inning, but after surrendering five runs in the bottom of the fourth, the Bears were never able to claw back, losing to the Tigers of Georgetown College 10-6 on Tuesday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
In game one, the Bears were held to only one hit by Georgetown's Jessica Claxton, who finished going seven innings with three hits and five strikeouts. In game two, Miranda Melvin (JR/Oak Hill, Ohio) led the way offensively for Shawnee State, finishing 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
PORTMSOUTH, Ohio (Softball) – In game one defensive mistakes cost the Bears, as all three of Pikeville's runs were unearned, taking advantage of SSU's miscues and defeating Shawnee State 3-2. In game two an early offensive start by Pikeville, scoring four runs in the first proved to be the difference, as Shawnee State fell 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Boone Coleman Field.
In game one, Morgan Conrad (SO/Circleville, Ohio) went the distance, pitching all seven innings, allowing only five hits. The three runs scored were all unearned. In game two Tara Duncan (JR/Lancaster, Ohio) finished with two RBIs and Kendale Search (FR/Groveport, Ohio) had one.
WILLIAMSBURG, KY (Softball) – In game one the Bears were blanked offensively, only scoring two runs as they fell 11-2. In game two the bats came alive, as they had a four and five-run inning to defeat the University of the Cumberlands, 12-8, on Saturday afternoon at the Briar Creek Softball Field.
Megan Shupert (FR/West Portsmouth, Ohio) and Hannah Dittoe (SR/Pickerington, Ohio) provided the only offense for the Bears in game one, as each provided an RBI. In game two multiple Bears finished with two RBIs including Tara Duncan (JR/Lancaster, Ohio), Dittoe and Mackenzie Riley (FR/Proctorville, Ohio). Morgan McReynolds (SO/Covington, Ohio) had three RBIs and was 2-for-4 from the plate. Morgan Conrad (SO/Circleville, Ohio) received the win for Shawnee State.