Lady Trojans Split with Benedictine-Springfield
Monday, April 11, 2011
by Jordan Argo
Hannibal, MO – The Lady Trojans split Monday’s double header against the Bulldogs of Benedictine University at Springfield. HLGU lost game one 6-7 before regrouping and taking game two 5-0.
McKenzie Schopp (0-2) started game one in the pitchers circle for the Trojans. In her second start of the season, Schopp retired the first four out of five batters faced before getting into trouble. After getting the first out in the top of the second, Schopp gave up back-to-back singles to Sydney Coleman and Madeline Jiardina. Kristin Coniglio then grounded into a fielder’s choice which left runners on first and second before Ashley Backus doubled to deep right center field to bring in two runs for the Bulldogs. Benedictine added one more run in the inning after Brittany Parks’ single brought in Backus.
The Bulldogs added three more runs in the top of the third and one more in the fourth. In the third inning, with the bases loaded, both Coleman and Jiardina hit RBI singles and Coniglio grounded into a RBI fielder’s choice to extend Benedictine’s lead. The Bulldogs manufactured one more run in the fourth after a sacrifice bunt by Kerri Beasley brought in Parks for the Bulldogs seventh run.
The Trojans had its chance to grab an early lead in the bottom of the first but, with runners on first and second, Justine Bane flew out to left field and Schopp struck out looking to end the Trojan’s threat.
HLGU brought its first run across in the bottom of the third, after finding itself down 6-0, when pitcher Kayla McDonald walked Rachel Hughes with the bases loaded to bring Jennifer Ogden across home plate.
After giving up a run to the Bulldogs in the fourth, the Lady Trojans cut into the lead again to bring the score to 7-3. After Jessica Nutt singled and a hit-by-pitch allowed Marissa Foreman to reach first, Coach Dan Hurst pinch hit Alexandra Grider who singled to center to bring in the first run of the inning. Kachina Hudson’s sacrifice fly to center field brought the second run across and brought the Trojans within four of the Bulldogs.
The Lady Trojans made it more interesting in the sixth when Grinder and Hudson hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the lead to two. Grinder later scored on a wild pitch by McDonald to make it 7-6 but the Trojans could get no closer as it failed to score again in the seventh.
In game two, Hudson (11-12) made her way into the circle to record a complete game shutout for the Lady Trojans. In seven innings pitched, Hudson only gave up four hits and struck out five Bulldogs in route of her 11th win and the Trojans 17th victory this season.
The Lady Trojans got on the board early in game two as it was able to bring two runs across in the first. Ogden led off the bottom of the first with a double to center field and was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by Dolores Bloomfield. Ogden scored during the next at bat after the ball got away from the Bulldog catcher on a strike three call. The error allowed Ogden to cross home plate and Hudson to arrive safely to first base. The Trojans received another gift after a wild throw to first allowed Justine Bane to reach second and Hudson to score on what should have been a sacrifice bunt to move Hudson to second.
HLGU didn’t score again until the fifth inning when three Lady Trojans crossed the plate. Grider brought in the first run of the inning after her single scored Bloomfield to increase the lead to 3-0. Bane later scored on a wild throw that came in from right field, allowing her to come across the plate easily. HLGU’s last run came off of Megan Skinner’s RBI single that brought in Grider to give the Lady Trojans a 5-0 lead that held to the end of the game.
With the split, the Lady Trojans move its record to 17-21 overall and its record against Benedictine-Springfield to 2-3 on the season. The ladies will face Iowa Wesleyan College on Tuesday in Mount Pleasant, IA before coming back home to host a double-header against conference foe Harris-Stowe State University at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Contact InformationCarolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations