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UPike softball drops pair to Campbellsville 2-0, 5-0

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville softball team tallied eight hits through two games, but failed to score any runs as Campbellsville (Ky.) won 2-0 and 5-0 in a Mid-South Conference doubleheader on Friday at Paul Butcher Field.

The Bears drop to 13-30 overall and 9-25 in the MSC with two games remaining in the regular season at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday at home against St. Catharine (Ky.). The Bears are looking for a sweep against the Patriots to keep hopes of making the conference tournament alive.

With the wins on Friday, Campbellsville improves to 37-15 overall and 24-10 in league play.

UPIKE outhit the Tigers in game one 5-4, but couldn’t push across any runs as Campbellsville scored one run in both the fifth and sixth innings to pull off the win. It was a tough loss in the circle for Sydney Morris (9-17) as she gave up just four hits with a pair of strikeouts in a complete seven innings.

The Bears’ best chance at a late rally came in the sixth inning when shortstop Taylor Weeks and third baseman Hollie Hinkle hit back-to-back singles and advanced to second and third on an error. But with only one out and two players in scoring position, the Bears hit a groundout to short and struck out in the next two at-bats.

It was three up and three down for UPIKE in the seventh inning as it took a frustrating loss after leaving runners on base in four of the seven innings.

Campbellsville scored both of its runs with one-hit innings. In the fifth Kristin Benton hit an RBI double to score Reagan Kingrey who had walked. And in the sixth, first baseman Heather Oakley singled, moved to second on an error, was sacrificed to third and ultimately scored on a wild pitch.

Victoria Decker (15-8) was the winning pitcher after allowing five hits with 12 strikeouts in seven innings.

In game two Campbellsville did its damage in the first two innings, scoring all five of the game’s runs in the first two frames. With two outs in the first inning the Tigers put together three singles and a double to take a 3-0 lead.

The offense continued in the second inning as shortstop Brittany Rippy doubled to left field and came home on a Benton home run in the next at-bat to finish off the 5-0 advantage.

UPIKE put a runner in scoring position just once in the game when first baseman Courtney Morgan and right fielder Sara Browning hit back-to-back singles, but a double-play ball hit to third base ended that opportunity and Campbellsville cruised on to the win.

Taylor Wroe (16-2) was a big reason for that, allowing just three hits with six strikeouts in five innings before Martina Riney closed out the final two frames. Morris started this game as well, but lasted just two innings after the Tigers scored five runs on six hits. Miranda Owens finished the game for the Bears, throwing five innings without allowing a run and just two hits.

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