Spalding splits double header with Berea College

The Spalding University softball team finished the weekend splitting a doubleheader against Berea College. The Golden Eagles fell, 10-1, in the first game, but rallied to defeat the Mountaineers in convincing fashion, 11-1, in the second game. SU’s record moves to 4-3 on the season, while Berea is 3-11.

Berea managed a 10-1 win in the opener. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 6-0 through three, and added four more runs in the top of the fifth extending the margin to 10 runs. SU was stifled by BC pitcher Jacquelyn Howard who limited the Golden Eagles to no hits through 4.0 innings. Brooke Lamon finally go SU on the board in the fifth hitting a solo shot over the left field wall to open the inning, but Howard retired the next three batters to end the game.

Jacquelyn Howard received her third win of the season limiting the Golden Eagles to one hit, while Spalding’s Robyn Schoen earned her first loss on the season.

At the plate, Brooke Lamon captured her first home run of the year for SU’s only hit and run of the game.

Game two, however, was a different story. The Golden Eagles raced out to an 8-0 lead over the first two innings. The scoring got started with an RBI-double by Spalding’s Kaylin Rucker in the first inning. Samantha Klein highlighted the game with a grand slam to cap off a seven-run second inning. Berea answered with one run in the third after Riley Lanham hit an RBI single to left field, but Spalding added three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Following a passed ball, Brooke Lamon raced home and slid under the throw to make the final score 11-1.

Olivia Leet (2-1), a freshman from Louisville, Ky., earned her second win on the season pitching 5.0 innings, allowing three hits and one earned run. Berea’s Markiara Smith (0-5) suffered the loss.

SU was led at the plate by Laken Heavner and Lindsey Hubbard, both finishing with a hit and one RBI. Sam Klein was limited to one hit, but made the most of it going yard for a grand slam earning four RBI.

Up next, the Golden Eagles travel to Blackburn College where they’ll open SLIAC play Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 3:00 pm EST in Carlinville, Ill.