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Lions' softball team suffers home doubleheader setback to Centre College, 3-1 and 4-2

Thursday, April 18, 2013
by Dane Neumeister

Visiting Centre College took advantage of timely hitting, and got solid pitching on Wednesday evening, as they recorded a doubleheader sweep against the Lions, 3-1 and 4-2 on Senior Night. The Lions fall to 4-20 with the loss, and will return to action on April 20 when they play an HCAC twin-bill against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Lions are 1-7 in the conference this season, with half the schedule remaining.

In game one the Colonels held a 1-0 lead heading into the fourth inning, but saw the Mount tie the game at one-all on an RBI single by Mallory Wright (Germantown, OH/Valley View). Centre, however, would bounce back to score two runs in the next inning, to forge ahead 3-1. All three runs scored by the Colonels, however, were unearned, as the Lions committed three errors in the game. The Mount would leave 10 runners stranded on base in the game, including two in the sixth inning and one runner (at third base) in the seventh inning. Wright and teammate Taylor McElhinny (Crestwood, KY/Oldham County) each collected two hits to lead the Lions' eight-hit attack. Ashley Moore (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) had a double and scored the Mount's lone run. Kim McElhinny (Crestwood, KY/Oldham County) started for the Mount and was tagged with the loss. Danielle Hausfeld (Wilder, KY/Newport Central Catholic) pitching two innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.

Game two saw the Lions get an RBI groundout from Taylor McElhinny, scoring Wright, in the first inning, to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The score would remain that until the fourth inning, when Centre scored four runs on two hits, and an error, grabbing a 4-1 lead. The Lions would out-hit Centre in the nightcap. 8-6, but would strand eight runners on base as they were held to just one more run in the game. The Lions got their leadoff runner on base in the seventh inning - Moore - who would score on Taylor McElhinny's two-out single. The game ended with the potential tying run at the plate. Wright had two hits to lead the Mount. Leslie Biggs (Harrison, OH/Harrison) started for the Lions and suffered the loss. Taylor McElhinny and Hausfeld relieved Biggs, with Hausfeld 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The Mount's three errors led to two unearned runs in the second game.

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