Grayson, KY: The NCCAA Mideast Regional Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles traveled to Grayson Friday, February 21st to face defending Mideast Regional champion Kentucky Christian University. The following are recaps of each contest.
KCU – 10 | ALC – 9
ALC dropped the opener as they lost a heartbreaker in two extra innings, 10-9.
The Lady Knights opened up the scoring with 1 run in the first inning, but then saw the Lady Eagles respond emphatically. In the top of the second, ALC exploded for 7 huge runs as they rapped five hits. They came courtesy of four singles and a hard double to deep left-center from junior Morgan Robinson. In the fourth, the visitors would look to be in great shape as sophomore Alyssa Clark smacked a double to deep center to drive in another run. Her squad appeared to be in total command, 8-1.
Unfortunately, the home club would answer. KCU score 3 runs in the sixth inning and then would tie things in the last of the seventh, assisted by two errors and big double (8-8). The guests shook that off and scored one run in the eight when Abby Stambaugh singled in a run. The Knights promptly scored in their next at-bat, but they left the winning run on third (9-9).
Finally, in the ninth, the home squad completed the comeback when they held the Lady Eagles scoreless and plated a run of their own (10-9).
For ALC, Clark and sophomore Hannah Buchanan both recorded 2 hits while Robinson had 3 RBI’s. On the mound, freshman Kursten Napier allowed 11 hits over 8 innings and suffered the loss. She struck out 4.
The victors only won the hitting battle 11-8 but were helped by 5 ALC errors.
KCU – 8 | Alice Lloyd – 1
ALC looked to come back in game 2 to earn a split but they fell short in the finale.
The Lady Eagle bats were kept in check all game as they only recorded 2 hits.
One came in the fourth when Clark pounded a double and the second came one inning later when freshman Lyndsey Adkins hit a single. Unfortunately, the rally died both times.
KCU scored one run in the first, one in the second, and three in the third. They then put the game away with a 3-run sixth inning.
On the mound, sophomore Mercedes Gilliam went three innings and suffered the loss. She allowed 5 hits and 5 runs. Sophomore Haley Howell tossed the final 2.2 innings. She permitted 3 runs and stuck out 3.
The Knights won the hitting battle 8-2.