The eighth-ranked Lindsey Wilson softball team claimed both ends of a doubleheader with visiting Shawnee State (Ohio) on Saturday afternoon at Lindsey Wilson Park.
The Blue Raiders (31-6, 15-3 Mid-South Conference) won the opening game, 8-0, in five innings, and followed that with a 9-0 victory in five innings during the nightcap against the Bears (5-19, 1-13 MSC).
Lindsey Wilson totaled 20 base hits over the course of the doubleheader, including a 4-for-5 performance by Travatia Bowden.
In game one, Amanda Trampe went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. Game two saw Andrea Whelan go 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and five RBIs and two runs scored.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Blue Raiders struck first in the opener on an RBI double by Bowden in the second to assume a 1-0 edge. Six more Lindsey Wilson runs would score in the third to make it a 7-0 Blue Raider lead. Trampe’s solo home run in the fourth accounted for the final run of game one.
Lindsey Wilson starter Casey Bryan (13-2) earned the victory in the pitcher’s circle with a five-inning, three-hit shutout. She struck out five and walked none.
After allowing two hits in the opening frame, Bryan set down 11-straight Shawnee State batters before a one-out single by Jenna Crawford in the fifth. Following that base hit, Bryan promptly induced a game-ending double-play grounder off the bat of Andrea Kleinman to wrap up the 8-0 win.
Bear starting pitcher Allie Chapman (2-9) took the loss with a four-inning complete-game effort. She surrendered eight runs – seven earned – and had a walk, a hit batsman and four strikeouts.
Later on during the nightcap, the Blue Raider scored all nine of their runs in the first three innings of play en route to the 9-0 victory.
Already ahead by a 4-0 margin with none out and runners on second and third, Whelan cleared the left-field fence for a three-run homer and a 7-0 lead in the second inning. An inning later, Whelan had a run-scoring single, and Jenna Firestein stole home to account for the final two runs of the afternoon.
Lindsey Wilson game two starter Jordan Hood (8-2) won with a five-inning, two-hit shutout. She struck out 11-of-18 batters and gave up one base on balls.
Shawnee State’s Alex Bowers (1-9) took the loss after pitching a four-inning complete game. She gave up a dozen hits and nine earned runs, hit a batter and struck out one.Before the first pitch, the Blue Raiders honored their six seniors for their contributions to the softball program. Bowden, Ashley Evans, Hood, Chelsea Showers, Trampe and Whelan were acknowledged.