• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Midway softball splits twinbill with Pikeville

CARLY BENZ, right, a senior from Brooks, Ky., went 3 for 7 at the plate with two home runs, four RBI’s and three runs scored as Midway split a doubleheader with the University of Pikeville. (Midway Athletics photo)

The Midway University softball team was in action this past weekend when they hosted the University of Pikeville for a doubleheader at William G. Clark Memorial Field on Saturday, March 3.

Pikeville (3-5) plated nine runs in the first inning of game and continued to add to their lead as they came away with the 13-6 victory. Midway, however, battled back and picked up a 13-5 win in game two to split the doubleheader. The Eagles scored seven in the sixth to run-rule the Bears.

Following the opening week for Tripp Swisher’s team, the Eagles are now 3-3 on the season with doubleheader splits against Georgetown, Kentucky Christian and Pikeville. The Eagles are in Clermont, Florida this week for nine games over five days.

In the opener, the Bears were all over Mallory Kruzich from the start. Kruzich started the game and failed to get an out as she allowed eight runs – five earned on six hits. Hannah Poynter replaced Kruzich and pitched the final seven innings. She allowed five runs on eight hits.

Midway had three different players rack up two hits in the loss. Lynsie Clark, Trista Craigmyle and Alyssa Yates all went 2-for-3, while Clark had two RBI’s and Craigmyle and Yates had one RBI each. Craigmyle also had a triple and Clark had a double.

Carly Benz provided the power from the leadoff spot with a solo home run in the first frame. Marissa Walker also had an RBI in the loss. Kendall Horn and Kelsey Gravens also accounted for one run scored each.

In game two, Midway’s bats came alive with 13 runs on 12 hits in the 13-5 victory. The Eagles scored seven in the sixth, two in both the first and fourth innings, while adding single runs in the second and third frames.

Benz had another big day at the plate going 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and two runs. She also hit her second home run of the day. Kelsey Gravens, Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman and Dee Lewis added two RBI’s each. Lewis had two doubles and Gravens had one in the win.

Helping her own cause was freshman, Alyssa Yates. She hit a home run, while taking the win in the circle. She tossed a complete game allowing five runs – three earned – on eight hits.

Following their trip to Florida, the Eagles will return home on March 16-17 when they open River States Conference play. They host Indiana University Southeast on March 16 and follow that up with a doubleheader against Brescia University on March 17.

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