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Panthers Win in Extra Innings; Split Day One at Music City Invite

Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – The Kentucky Wesleyan College softball team notched a win over Ohio Dominican in extra innings before dropping a one-run game to McKendree at day one of the Music City Invitational at Drakes Creek Park.  With the split, the Panthers move to 2-4 on the season.

Game One: McKendree 3 – Kentucky Wesleyan 2

A tightly contest game saw both teams notch six hits.  The Panthers scored first in the first innings after Meredith Daunhauer led off the game with bunt single and stole second base.  Two batters later, Jaylin Tidwell ripped a single to left field to score Daunhauer and jump out to a speedy 1-0 lead.

That lead was quickly erased as McKendree tabbed two runs in the second and one in the fourth to jump out to a 3-1 lead.  Cold bats proved costly for the Panthers as 12 straight batters were retired until the sixth inning when Daunhauer notched a single.

With three outs left and a two-run deficit, Courtney Lockwood drove the ball to right field for a lead off double in the bottom of the seventh.  Parker ripped a single down the right field line to score Lockwood but it was too little too late as McKendree took game one.

Daunhauer finished game one two-for-three at the plate with one run scored while Maddie Dawson, Tidwell, Lockwood and Parker each went one-for-three.  Maci Brown went the distance in her second loss of the season, striking out six and allowing three runs off of six hits.

Game Two: Kentucky Wesleyan 7 – Ohio Dominican 6 (9 innings)

The Panthers took a three-run lead in the third innings with Lockwood driving in two on a single to left field.  Three runs from Ohio Dominican in the fourth and fifth innings put Kentucky Wesleyan in a 6-3 deficit with two innings remaining.

A single from Mallory Nease loaded the bases with no outs in the top of sixth inning.  Back to back singles from Abbey Winstead and Jamie Tempel put the Panthers within one.  With two outs and the bases loaded, a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt from Dawson allowed Nease to score and knot the game at six.  Pitcher Jessica Dawson dug in and forced Ohio Dominican to go three-up and three-down in the sixth to force extra innings.

Dawson was put on second base to start the top of the ninth and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Tidwell.  With the winning run 60 feet away, Alexis Mullen grounded out to shortstop, but was able to drive in Dawson to take a 7-6 lead.

Ohio Dominican didn’t stand a chance in the bottom of the ninth as Dawson faced the minimum three batters to give Kentucky Wesleyan the win.

Lockwood finished game two three-for-five at the plate with two runs batted in and one run scored herself.  Dawson, Nease and Tempel went two-for-four.

Casey Smith pitched 4.0 innings, striking out four and allowing six runs on six hits.  Carmon earned her first win of the season after 5.0 innings, striking out three and allowing zero runs and zero walks.

The Panthers will be back in action on Sunday during day two of the Music City Invitational.  They’ll take on Truman at 12 pm followed by Lindenwood at 2 pm.

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