Knoxville, TN: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles softball team took to the road over the weekend to face the home-standing Johnson University Lady Royals in four contests. When the smoke had cleared, the Kentucky squad had earned three victories.
GAME 1: Alice Lloyd-3; JU-1
The Lady Eagles opened the series by playing solid on both sides of the diamond and pulled out the nice 3-1 victory. Unfortunately, statistics for this contest were unavailable.
GAME 2: Alice Lloyd- 19, JU- 9
ALC struck first with three singles in the opening inning to score a run (1-0). They would load the bases with just one out and look to score more, but the Royals escaped the inning by getting the final two batters out.
JU would then answer with 4 runs in their first at-bat to lead (1-4).
The Lady Eagles would gain 2 runs back in the second (3-4), fueled by a triple from senior Jada Estep (CF), but the hosts would add one in the second and two more in the fourth to lead 3-7.
In the fifth, the Pippa Passes club unloaded. They would score 8 runs, strengthened by a triple from sophomore Alexis Morris (3B), and back-to-back doubles from Estep and Baylee Cox (RF) to jump ahead, 11-8.
They then struck again in the sixth as they rode 4 singles, and a big double from junior Alyssa Clark (LF) to produce 5 more runs (16-7).
Finally, after JU cut two runs off the deficit. (16-9), the guests moved in for the kill by quickly adding three more insurance runs in the seventh inning, doing the damage with 2 singles (19-9).
At the plate, Estep went 4-6 while sophomore Lyndsey Adkins and freshman Aspyn Branham (SS) both added 3 hits.
On the mound, senior Mckenzie Brewer started, then gave the ball to Cox who earned the win. Cox went 3.1 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs while recording 4 strikeouts.
Alice Lloyd took the hitting battle 18-15, and had 1 error, compared to JU’s 6.
GAME 1: Alice Lloyd-3; JU-4
JU produced all of their runs in the first two innings to jump in front, 0-3.
The Lady Eagles finally dented the scoreboard in the fourth as four singles produced 2 runs (2-4). They then sliced the deficit in half in the fifth when Cox singled in another run (3-4).
Unfortunately, even though Johnson bent, they did not break, as they set the visitors down in the final two innings to preserve the victory.
At the plate, Clark finished 3-4 while Cox and senior Samantha Sturgill (1B) both added 2 hits.
On the mound, sophomore Haley Howell (P) pitched well but suffered the loss. She allowed 7 hits and 4 runs.
Alice Lloyd took the hitting battle 10-7, and had only 1 error, compared to JU’s 2, but could not pull out the W.
GAME 2: Alice Lloyd- 10, JU- 2
ALC struck first when Estep opened with a triple and crossed home on a fly-out (1-0). JU would match them in their first at-bat.
In the second, Sturgill followed a single with one of her own to gain a run (2-1), but Johnson matched it once more in the same inning (2-2).
Undeterred, Alice Lloyd promptly plated two more in the third, using two singles to go with Clark’s powerful triple (4-2).
Lastly, to end any hopes of a comeback, the Caney Creek crew promptly put up a 5-spot in the fifth. Five singles and a double from Sturgill produced the bounty (10-2). ALC pitching then sealed the deal.
At the plate, Clark and sophomore Elizabeth Mcintosh (P) both finished 3-4 while Estep, Branham, and Sturgill contributed two hits apiece.
On the mound, Mcintosh allowed only 6 hits and 2 runs over five innings, to earn the win.
Alice Lloyd (15-20) took the hitting battle 14-6. Both squads committed 1 error.