ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – The Pikeville College softball team ran its win streak to eight straight with a sweep of St. Catharine College on Wednesday afternoon.
The wins, coming by scores of 7-2 and 11-1, stretched the Pikeville winning streak against Mid-South Conference competition to six and improved its records to 18-15 overall and 9-11 in the league. The Bears are one game out of first place in the East Division but have the most wins against league foes.
Pikeville will remain on the road, traveling to Rio Grande on Friday afternoon.
PC 7, SCC 2: A pair of three-run home runs gave the Bears a comfortable win in the opener.
Back-to-back two-out singles by sophomores Kayla Morgan and Hannah Vinson set the stage for freshman Jordyn Combs, who hit a three-run blast to open scoring.
In the third, freshman Kayla Cantrell was hit by a pitch before Morgan and Vinson singled to load the bases. Cantrell scored when Combs grounded out to make it 4-0 before Emily Castle, the current MSC Player of the Week, continued her torrid pace with a three-run homer to make it 7-0.
The Patriots scored single runs in the third and seventh.
Morgan, Vincent and Combs had two hits apiece for the Bears, while Castle and Corey Huston added one.
Morgan was the beneficiary of the offense, scattering five hits over seven innings to improve to 6-4 on the season.
PC 11, SCC 1: Pikeville exploded out of the gate again with a six-run first and closed it with four in the sixth to sweep the twinbill.
Combs plated the first run when she doubled to score Huston, who led the game off with a single. Castle singled to plate Vinson, who had reached on an infield hit. An infield hit by Ricki Maynard delivered Combs before senior Sam Neeley blasted a three-run home run to make it 6-0.
Pikeville made it 7-0 in the second when Vinson doubled in Huston.
The Bears put the game away in the sixth. Cantrell opened the inning with a double and scored when Morgan singled. Combs reached safely when her bunt was misplayed, allowing freshman pinch-runner Emily Walker to score. Castle delivered a double to score junior Chanoa Bledsoe, who was also pinch-running, to make it 10-1.
Combs scored the final run on a wild pitch.
Senior Whitney Compton was the winning pitcher, throwing all six innings and striking out five to improve to 8-5 on the season and drop her ERA to 2.33.
Vinson led Pikeville's 14-hit attack with three knocks, while Huston, Morgan, Castle and Maynard had two hits apiece. Cantrell, Combs and Neeley also had hits.