Riney snuffs out Shawnee State rally, helps Lady Tigers secure sweep
By Richard RoBards / Campbellsville University Athletics
CAMPBELLSVILLE. Ky. – Campbellsville had 15 hits in a 12-4, six-inning game against Shawnee State, but needed Martina Riney to snuff out a seventh-inning rally to secure a 5-4 win and a softball sweep Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Lady Tigers (17-20, 9-5 MSC) plated four- and five-run frames in the fifth and sixth to bust open a 3-3 tie in game one. Becca Cook had a big day at the plate with three hits and three RBI. Kacie Vincent also had three hits, all singles.
CU scored two runs in the first on a Bailey Dillender single with Alex Jane Clemmons and Vincent aboard. The second run was pushed across when Natalie Duncan hit into a fielder’s choice. After Shawnee closed the gap to 2-1 in the fourth Morgan Bullock responded with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.
Shawnee (12-8, 6-2 MSC) tied the game at 3-3 and that’s when CU ratted the bat rack – pounding 10 hits in the fifth and sixth. Dillender had two singles, Bullock a single to go along with her home run, Clemmons a single and a home run, Jennifer England two safeties, and Jordan Cornett a single.
Courtney Turpin picked up the win, allowing six hits, walking three and fanning two.
In game two, Riney gave way to Taylor Wroe in the top of the seventh, but Wroe got in trouble by walking two and allowing an RBI double to Kirsti Yates and a run-scoring single to Sam Attinger. Riney returned to the circle with two on and one out, and served up two ground balls.
It didn’t take the Lady Tigers long to gain the advantage as Dillender’s single scored Clemmons who walked. A Natalie Duncan double plated another run. Shawnee would cut that lead in half with a run in the fourth, but CU went up 4-1 with another two-spot in the bottom of the inning. Brooke Boils and Clemmons singled and Vincent delivered a two-run safety.
Shawnee scored another run in the fifth and then Clemmons was plated when Vincent hit into a 4-3 out for an insurance run that ended up as a necessity.
Riney allowed seven hits, two runs and struck out four.
Campbellsville will be on the road next week, playing at Virginia-Wise on Tuesday, Indiana-Southeast on Thursday and Rio Grande Saturday.