Pomeroys top Lady Lancers in home opener

March 27, 2014

Shelby Turner scoring on a slide to home plate

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. – On a sunny, but cold and blustery Wednesday afternoon, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women’s softball team swept the Lady Lancers of Grace College with a pair of wins in their home opener.  The Pomeroys came from behind in the first game to win 4-3 and took the second game 9-1 in five innings.     

SMWC 4 Grace College 3

After a scoreless first inning, the Pomeroys were the first to get on the board in the second.  After a Carly Painter double and Kirby Schuble single, SMWC had runners on the corners with Kimberly Strattman up to bat.  Grace’s pitcher Alex Shipley stepped off the bag illegally allowing Painter to automatically score giving the Pomeroys the 1-0 lead.

SMWC would tack on another run in the third when Shelby Turner’s RBI double scored Sarah Burnham from first. 

Grace would tie the game up at 2-2 in the top of the fourth with an RBI double by Hannah Adams, scoring runners on first and third.

There would be no further scoring until the top of the seventh when the Lady Lances would take the lead on Clarissa Knight’s RBI single that scored the go-ahead run.   

The excitement came in the bottom of the seventh when the Pomeroys would get the two necessary runs to win the game.  Strattman started the inning with a single up the middle.  Ciara McClain would groundout but was able to move Strattman to second with one out.  Rebecca Latta would then hit an RBI double, scoring Strattman and tying the game at 3-3.  Shelby Barnett would pop out at the next at bat before a walkoff RBI double by Sarah Burnham scored Latta and gave the Pomeroys the come from behind victory. 

In 7.0 innings pitched, SMWC’s Brooke Jordan finished with 8 strikeouts, 0 walks, and 3 earned runs.

SMWC 9 Grace College 1

Just as the first game, there would be no score until the second inning.  The Pomeroys would jump out to an early 2-0 lead with an RBI double by Breanna Lange and an RBI single by Latta.

Grace would get on the board in the third only able to score one run with runners in scoring position.  The Pomeroys would answer right back in the bottom of the inning when a wild pitch by the Lady Lancers scored Shelby Turner from third, giving the Pomeroys the 3-1 advantage.

There would be no further scoring until the fifth when the Pomeroys put six runs on the board, enforcing the mercy rule of leading by eight runs after five innings. 

In 5.0 innings pitched, SMWC’s Sarah Burnham finished with 8 strikeouts, 2 walks, and 1 earned run.

The Pomeroys have now won four straight games and improved their overall record to 13-7.  With both wins, the home record is now at 2-0.  SMWC was scheduled to play again on Thursday against Brescia University, but a rainout has postponed the game.  It will be rescheduled for April 7.  The Pomeroys will be back in action on Saturday with a trip to Oakland City, Ind. in a matchup with Oakland City University.  The first of two games begins at 1 p.m. (EST).