PIKEVILLE – It was a successful start to the 2016 season for the University of Pikeville softball team after it used a stellar pitching performance for a 1-0 win in game one, then got hot at the plate to win 17-0 in five innings in the nightcap against Alice Lloyd on Tuesday at Paul Butcher Field.
Game One – Lindsay Floyd lifted the Bears (2-0) to a 1-0 win in seven innings of work in the circle in the opener.
Floyd kept the Eagles (0-2) off balance all game long, giving up just one hit, no runs, one walk and striking out five during the complete-game effort.
Alice Lloyd starter Morgan Albury was charged with the loss despite a very strong effort. She allowed just the one run while striking out 10 batters and walking two.
The lone run of the game crossed the plate for UPIKE in the first inning on an RBI single by shortstop Hollie Hinkle. Third baseman Breana Pineda scored the run after roping a two-out triple, followed immediately by Hinkle’s scorcher into right field.
Game Two – The second effort between UPIKE and Alice Lloyd was worlds apart from the pitcher’s duel in game one. The Bears scored early and often, plating five runs in the first inning and a whopping 11 more in the second to finish off a 17-0 rout.
While it wasn’t a pitcher’s duel, it still featured a dominant performance from UPIKE freshman Alexandra Quill who allowed just one hit while striking out six and walking one batter.
In a game with plenty of offense, catcher Jillian Bohnert stood out, going 3 for 3 at the plate with a home run, double and four RBIs. Centerfielder Amber Murrell and Pineda were dangerous as well, driving in three runs each. Pineda did her damage with a triple and a double, while Murrell went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
Six different Bears reached double figures in hits as they outhit Alice Lloyd 15-1 for the game. The Eagles made matters even worse for themselves with problems in the field, finishing with five errors.
Centerfielder Madison Haymaker connected on the Eagles’ lone hit as starting pitcher Caitlin Coburn took the loss after scattering four hits for eight runs.
Another good look for UPIKE was its speed on the base paths at the top and bottom of the order. Leadoff hitter Cassandra Javier stole two bases along with two hits and three runs, while Jordan Gentry stole two as well at the bottom of the order.