by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles, under the tutelage of Coach John Mills, played host to two conference opponents — Carlow University and Asbury University — over the weekend. Below are recaps of each contest.
Friday, April 5th
The hosts fell behind 10-0 early, but rallied with 7 big runs in the bottom of the third. They tacked on 1 more run in the next inning before Carlow added insurance runs in the latter innings. The Eagles smashed 13 hits, including 3 from catcher Megan Boswell and 2 apiece from Chelsea Brown, Taylor Short, and Kayla Stambaugh.
Sophomore pitcher Whitley Albury drove in the winning run in the first extra inning to propel the Lady Eagles to their first ever KIAC conference victory.
Taylor Short and Kristin Fields each smacked 3 hits while also scoring 3 and 2 times, respectively. Also, Fields and Albury each had 2 RBIs. The hosts trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the sixth but tied the contest with some timely hitting.
In the extra frame, Albury, who also earned the win on the mound, came to bat with two outs and two runners in scoring position and her club trailing 5-4. She proceeded to line a fast ball up the gap to knock in the winning runs as the Lady Eagles earned the historic victory.
Saturday, April 6th
Leading just 3-2 entering the sixth inning, Asbury broke the contest wide open with 8 late inning runs. The hosts were outhit 15-5. For ALC, Taylor Short and Shayla Brinegar each had 2 hits.
Disappointed after their first game, Alice Lloyd bounced back in a major way as they knocked off Asbury 3-2. The Eagles were only outhit 8-7 as Whitley Albury recorded another solid pitching performance. The contest remained scoreless until ALC crossed one home in the bottom of the fifth. The Eagles knotted things up in their next at bat only to see Asbury score 2 in the sixth inning.
Not to be outdone, the hosts tied thing up once more to set the score at 2-2 entering the seventh inning. Albury mowed down the guests in the top half of the inning setting the stage for last at-bat heroics. The Eagles would then bring home one run in their last at bat to earn the series split.
Kayla Gooslin and Megan Boswell each had 2 hits, while Boswell and Morgan Asher each contributed 1 RBI apiece. Albury recorded her second pitching victory in as many days.