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Led by Trio of Home Runs, Lindsey Wilson Softball Grounds Shawnee State 8-0, 7-2

COLUMBIA, Ky. — Amy Buwalda, Andrea Whelan and Jamie Williams all hit home runs as the Lindsey Wilson softball team allowed just six hits on the day to beat Shawnee State (Ohio) 8-0 and 7-2 on Tuesday in a Mid-South Conference doubleheader at Blue Raider Stadium.

The Blue Raiders ended game one early in six innings due to run rule after scoring at least once in every inning but the third. The Bears led 1-0 briefly in the nightcap after the first inning, but frames of three and four runs for Lindsey Wilson put the game away.

Williams had a huge night at the plate, going 4-for-8 with a home run, six RBIs, three runs scored and two doubles. Whelan picked up three hits for three RBIs and Buwalda finished with three hits and three RBIs.

There were plenty of noteworthy performances at the plate as catcher Josie Cox also came through with a 3-for-3 showing in game one and third baseman Emily Priar went 3-for-4 and scored a run in game two.Williams Jamie SB 2011-12 Action01

Lindsey Wilson’s pitching duo of Cara Law (16-3) and Jordan Hood (15-3) were the winners in the circle.

Law took control of game one, allowing just one hit in six innings with five strikeouts.

Hood allowed one run on three hits and struck out five in five innings of work, while reliever Kristina Krupinski pitched two innings to end the game with five strikeouts as well.

Ali Thompson (8-2) earned just her second loss of the season in game one after allowing three runs on three hits in 1-1/3 innings. Allie Chapman (0-1) took the loss in game two, scattering 10 hits for seven Lindsey Wilson runs in six innings.

No Bear had more than one hit on the day as right fielder Ericka Leighty tallied the lone hit in the opener.

There was little doubt of the outcome of game one after the Blue Raiders scored five unanswered runs through the first two innings.

It was a rough way to start for the talented Thompson as she got the first two batters out in the bottom of the first inning before an error gave Lindsey Wilson a second life.

With two down, Williams reached first after first baseman Holly Brabson took her foot off the bag and was further punished as Whelan cracked a two-run homer in the next at bat.

Buwalda was the enforcer in the next innings, hitting a solo home run with one out that led to Williams’ double that scored outfielders Travatia Bowden and Alexis Rodgers.

Up 5-0 late in the game, the Blue Raiders scored one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to chop away until winning the game by run rule in the sixth inning.

After such a rough go of it in the first game, Shawnee State had to be feeling good as it opened game two with a run in the top of the first.

Left fielder Brytan Givens led off with a walk and moved to second on a two-out stolen base. From there right fielder Kirsti Yates traded places with her on a double and gave the Bears their brief lead.

Facing a deficit for the first time on the day the Blue Raiders responded emphatically in the third and fifth innings.

The Blue Raiders scored three runs in the third, all on Williams’ shot deep over the center-field fence, and closed their scoring with four runs in the fifth on four hits, including a double and three singles.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, April 6 at West Virginia Tech in Montgomery, W. Va.

 

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