Pippa Passes, KY: On February 19th/20th the NCCAA Mideast Regional Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles hosted Concordia University (MI). Following are recaps of each contest.
CU-9; Alice Lloyd-5
Concordia pounded out 14 hits to take the first day.
The visitors opened up the scoring in the first with 2 runs on 2 hits. They then added 1 run in the second inning before plating 4 big runs in the third.
ALC would garner 1 run in their first at-bat on the strength of a double from freshman Maleigh McDaniel. In the fourth, a second run crossed home base behind another double, courtesy of freshman Ellie Keene.
Things would get interesting for the hosts in the fifth when a double from freshman Baylee Compton and walk put two runners in scoring position. Happily, they both crossed home plate when McDaniel laced a shot over the right-field wall (7-5)
Unfortunately, CU earned the last two runs back in their final at-bat behind 3 singles and a walk. (9-5). They then closed out the contest by retiring the side in order and preserving the victory.
Junior pitcher Baylee Cox suffered the loss on the mound. She went four innings, allowing 10 hits and 7 earned runs while striking out 2 and walking 4.
McDaniel went 3-3 with 4 RBIs to lead the Caney Creek club
The Eagles were outhit, 14-5.
CU-11; Alice Lloyd-4
A 17-3 hitting advantage proved too difficult to overcome as Concordia earned the sweep.
Things started well for ALC, as an error permitted the club to score 1 in the second to lead 1-0.
Unfortunately, the Michigan squad responded with 4 runs in the third, backed by 3 doubles. (3-1).
ALC sliced 1 run off the deficit in the third inning on the strength of an Autumn Morris single (3-2) but then saw Concordia roll out 3 more runs in the third (7-3).
2-runs in both the sixth and seventh inning provided some cushioning for the guests (11-3) before the Lady Eagles came to bat one last time.
In the final inning, an error and walk contributed to two scores (11-4). Then, ALC placed two runners on base to give the fans a glimmer of hope. Sadly, a grounder to the pitcher ended the night.
For ALC, Morris led the way with 2 hits.
Pitcher Haley Howell suffered the loss, allowing 4 runs on 17 hits.
Concordia took the hitting battle, 17-3.