BOWLING GREEN – Number two seed Lindsey Wilson only outhit number four seed University of Pikeville 12-9, but a pair of home runs helped make the difference on its way to an 11-4 win in an elimination game at the Mid-South Conference Softball Tournament on Saturday at Michael O. Buchanon Park.
Jillian Bohnert paced UPIKE at the plate with two hits, driving in one run and drawing a walk, while Logan Cline had the Bears only extra-base hit with a double. Cline is an Allen Central High School graduate.
Lindsay Floyd (10-18) took the loss in the circle after scattering six hits for five runs with three walks in four innings. Alexandra Quill threw the final two frames, allowing six runs on six hits. LWC’s Casey Bryan (19-7) went the distance for the win, giving up four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts.
The Blue Raiders got a quick start as Bailey Mize hit a two-out, three-run home run in the top of the first inning. After a scoreless second, Lindsey Wilson struck again in the third inning for six runs. After collecting four RBI hits in the frame, Jenna Firestein went deep for two runs, also with two outs.
UPIKE (23-29) found its way on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning with three runs as Breana Pineda was hit with the bases loaded, Hollie Hinkle drove in a run on a fielder’s choice hit and Cassandra Javier lifted an RBI single to left center.
Lindsey Wilson (43-11) answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Bears did their best to avoid ending the game by run rule with a single run in the fifth on Bohnert’s RBI hit. Bohnert’s single up the middle allowed UPIKE to keep the deficit at seven runs, 11-4, heading into the bottom of the inning.
But Kassie Cooker led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Callum Pilgrim, setting the table for a likely game-ending RBI. But UPIKE head coach Robert Staggs made the call to walk the next two batters, which worked out, but not with force outs as Amber Foukes flew out and Amy Rogers lined out to end the inning.
Neither team scored the rest of the way, despite UPIKE tallying a hit in each inning and getting on base with two fielder’s choice plays and a walk.
The Bears’ 23 wins are the most since the 2008 season when they finished 25-27, while the 12 MSC wins are a program record since joining the league in 2001. The next highest total was 11 conference wins last season.