WILLIAMSBURG, KY -- The Lady Railsplitters traveled to the University of the Cumberlands for a nonconference softball doubleheader in Williamsburg, Kentucky. LMU pounded out a 10-0 victory in the opener, and Amanda Snow's grand slam led to a 5-0 victory in the finale. With the sweep, the Lady Railsplitters improve 15-23 on the season while the Patriots fall to 4-25 on the year.
Game One- Lincoln Memorial-10
Cumberlands-0 (6 inn.)
The Lady Railsplitters powered out 12 hits and ten runs as they dominated every aspect of the opening contest en route to a 10-0 victory in six innings of play.
Cierra Mudd (2-3) was dazzling on the mound for the Lady 'Splitters as she limited the Patriots to only one hit in six innings of her complete game shutout. Angela Steuer (2-13) was dealt the loss in the affair after allowing nine hits and seven runs over four and two-thirds of an inning.
Seven different players notched a hit in the contest for LMU, led by Danae Reed's 3-4 performance with a couple of RBIs. Amanda Snow and Sarah Walz added two hits and two RBIs apiece and Taylor McGinnis also went 2-4 in the game. The offensive attack for the Lady Railsplitters was also aided by five errors from the Patriots.
Lincoln Memorial University jumped out early as they notched a two-run bulge in the top of the first frame. Brianna Mulkey led off with a walk and stole second where she scored on Kelly Dreier's bunt. Dreier reached safely on a fielding error and advanced to second on that miscue. After stealing third, Dreier was driven in by Amanda Snow's RBI-single as LMU snagged a 2-0 lead.
Carrie Root recorded the lone hit in the contest for the Patriots with a one-out single, but two consecutive ground outs nullified her hit as LMU held to a 2-0 advantage.
The Lady 'Splitters went scoreless in the top of the second despite a leadoff single from Taylor McGinnis followed by a double off the bat of Danae Reed. Two ground outs and a strikeout ended that rally.
After two quick innings from both sides, the Lady Railsplitters broke the game open with a five-run rally in the top of the fifth. Brianna Mulkey started with a single and Kelly Dreier reached on an error in the next at-bat, leading to an RBI-single from Amanda Snow. Sarah Walz followed Snow with a two-run double to left-center. Taylor McGinnis notched an RBI-single two batters later and another single with two walks led to the final run in that frame for LMU as they
grabbed a 7-0 lead.
The Lady Railsplitters shut the Patriots out in the bottom of the fifth
and powered out three more runs in the top of the sixth to put the finishing touches on the game. Bridget Eicher led off that inning with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error. Amanda Snow was hit by a pitch to put another runner on and the Patriots made another error on a steal attempt, plating Eicher. Sarah Walz singled to put runners on the corner and Danae Reed capitalized with a two-run single two batters later as the Lady Railsplitters took a commanding 10-0 advantage.
Cierra Mudd set the Patriots down in order in the bottom of the sixth as the Lady Railsplitters cruised to a 10-0 victory in six innings.
Game Two- Lincoln Memorial-5
The Lady Railsplitters scored four runs in the top of the fifth to break open a one-run game and rolled to a 5-0 victory in the nightcap.
LMU received another brilliant pitching performance, this time from Amanda Snow (6-6) who tossed a complete game shutout in which she allowed only four hits and struck out five batters. Jessica Speake (2-9) was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs and four hits over seven innings. She walked five batters and struck out eight.
The Lady Railsplitters and Patriots were even at four hits apiece in the contest. LMU's hits were much more damaging as Amanda Snow notched two of those hits, one being a grand slam in the top of the fifth. Kelly Dreier recorded the other two hits in the game.
Like the first game, the Lady Railsplitters took early command of the board by rallying for a run in the top of the first. Kelly Dreier knocked a one-out single, stole second, and scored on Amanda Snow's single. An error in left field on Snow's hit was costly as it allowed Dreier to make it home.
Cumberland notched back-to-back two-out singles in the bottom of the first to get a spark going, however, a ground out shut that rally down and held the score at 1-0.
The two teams combined for only one hit in the next three innings before the Lady Railsplitters exploded for four runs in the top of the fifth. Danae Reed reached on a muffed throw to set the stage and Brianna Mulkey got on with a dropped fly ball two batters later. Kelly Dreier notched her second hit of the day with a single back to the pitcher. Following a strikeout, Amanda Snow cleared the bases with a grand slam over the center field wall. All four runs were unearned as the Lady 'Splitters took advantage of two early miscues to take a 5-0 advantage.
Amanda Snow followed that blast by limiting the Patriots to only one hit over the concluding three innings of play, as the Lady Railsplitters waltzed to a 5-0 victory to take the sweep.
The Lady Railsplitters will return to South Atlantic Conference play over the weekend as they travel to Anderson University for a two-game set with the Trojans. Game one is set for a 3 p.m. start in Anderson, South Carolina on March 31st.
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