Grayson, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles softball team returned to the road on Tuesday as they journeyed to Kentucky Christian University. The host club played well and earned the sweep.
GAME 1: Alice Lloyd-2; KCU-10
The home club stuck quickly in their first at-bat as they used 4 hits to produce 3 runs (0-3). In the second inning, KCU rode 3 hits and an error to do the same thing (0-6). The Lady Eagles earned one run back in the third when senior Jada Estep opened the inning with a solid homer (1-6). Unfortunately, the rally would die.
Kentucky Christian would earn that run back, plus some extra, when they batted in the bottom of the inning. Four strategically placed singles earned 3 more runs (1-9). Things would remain unchanged until the fifth. That is when ALC would see Autumn Morris open with a double, and later score on junior Alyssa Clark’s single (2-9).
Unfortunately, with two runners on, and no one out, the runners would remain stranded. KCU would then score a run in the bottom half to end the contest. (2-10).
For ALC, Morris and Clark each rapped 2 hits to pace the club. On the mound, senior Mckenzie Brewer suffered the loss. She and Haley Howell allowed 12 hits and 10 runs. The Knights won the hitting battle, 12-4, and committed 1 error compared to ALC’s 2.
GAME 2: Alice Lloyd- 0, KCU-5
The Lady Eagles were uncharacteristically stymied at the plate which led to them dropping the second game. Pitching dominated the matchup until the third inning. In the bottom half, KCU would squeeze a runner home with 3 singles (0-1).
ALC showed life in the fourth when a walk, followed by a single from Clark (the first hit of the day), placed two runners on base. However, the next batter lined out to end the inning.
The strong pitching from both clubs lasted until the sixth. Finally, the home club would break through on Lady Eagles pitcher Napier, who had performed brilliantly. Kentucky Christian would use 1 triple, 3 singles, and an error to produce 4 big runs (0-5). Down to their last at-bat, the Pippa Passes crew responded with back-to-back singles. Unfortunately, KCU pitched their way out of trouble to end the game.
For the Eagles, the club could only muster 3 singles on the day. On the mound, sophomore Kurston Napier allowed 9 hits and just 2 earned- runs over 5.3 innings. Cox came in for relief. They combined to whiff 4 batters. Alice Lloyd dropped the hitting battle 10-3, and had 1 error, compared to KCU’s 0.