Lady Rebels drop close game
Saturday, April 12, 2014 5:00 AM
Southwestern softball out-hit Scottsburg on Friday evening but the Warriors scored more runs, defeating the Rebels 8-7 in Hanover.
The Rebels owned a 3-1 lead after the first inning but Scottsburg managed three runs in the top of the second for a 4-3 advantage. After a scoreless third, the Warriors padded its lead to 7-3 after two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Southwestern began making a run in the bottom of the fifth. The Rebels scored one in the frame and after Scottsburg plated one across in the top of the sixth put up a run of their own cutting the deficit to 8-5.
Two more runs in the bottom of the seventh trimmed the lead even more at 8-7 but the Rebels were unable to push across another score after having the tying and winning runs on base as the Warriors narrowly survived.
"We made several errors today, but I was proud of the way we battled back to put ourselves in position to get the win," Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. "I always tell these girls to own up to their weaknesses and mistakes and tonight I made a mistake with the tying and go ahead run on base that cost us the game."
Southwestern outhit Scottsburg 13-11 for the game. Kelsi Brierly led the Rebels with a 3-for-3 performance including a double and three RBIs.
Meagan Ralston and Karli Long each had two hits and combined for five runs scored. Austin Courtney was 1-for-4 with three RBIs.
"Offensively we had some great at-bats tonight," Ralston said. "Almost the entire lineup contributed at the plate."
Emily McCane was tagged with the pitching loss for Southwestern in a relief appearance. McCane threw the final two innings and gave up four runs - three earned - on six hits while walking two and striking out two.
Brierly got the start in a non-decision effort, tossing the first five innings. The freshman gave up four runs - one earned - on five hits, walking just one and striking out three.
Southwestern (1-2) hosts Austin and South Central today in a three-team round robin.