BATESVILLE, Ark. (2-18-11) — Despite the chilly, wet weather, the Lyon College softball team's bats were hot, erupting for 28 runs in their first two games of the 2011 Lyon College Invitational.
In the opening game for the Scots, they held off a three-run seventh inning rally, to defeat the Avila (Mo.) Eagles, 10-6.
Against Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.) in the second game, the bats lit up the visiting pitchers, blowing out the young team, 18-1. The game ended in the fifth inning by mercy rule.
Despite struggling through the first inning by allowing two runs to the Eagles, Tara Mitchell picked up the complete game victory in the circle for the Scots. Mitchell struck out three batters, giving up 10 hits and six runs.
Senior Kristi Kelley got things going early in the bottom of the first, reaching base on a slap single to third. Using her speed, she took off for second on the throw to first, reaching safely at second. Kelley came around to score on a fielder's choice by Chelsea Fowler, and Megan Renn scored a little later.
The Scots picked up two more runs in the second when Renn singled to center, scoring both Chelsea Conrade and Erica Whitaker. Conrade scored earlier in the inning, while Whitaker picked up a single.
Lyon added yet another run in the bottom of the third as Fowler reached on an error, eventually coming around to score.
The Scots exploded in the fourth inning, scoring five runs on four hits. Kelley singled to lead the inning off, scoring two batters later on a double to right that also scored Kaitlyn Patterson.
The next batter was Sarah Knudson who took a pitch to the leg. Mitchell followed her with a single, scoring Fowler, moving Knudsen into scoring position. Kristen Inman followed with a triple in the game in right, bring home Knudsen and Mitchell.
Avila tried to put together a late game surge, but was unsuccessful, plating just three runs in the seventh.
Game two was all the Scots from the opening inning. In the four innings the Scots came to the plate, they scored two in the first, six in the second, and five in the four and fifth innings.
Cassie White picked up the win in the game, going four innings with two strike outs and one earned run. Hannah Pinegar entered the game in the fifth, shutting down the Bulldogs, not allowing them to add to their four hit total.
Patterson had an outstanding second game, reaching base safely with hits a four at bats, driving in four runs, and crossing the plate herself three times. Inman also had four runs batted in the second contest on three hits.
Kelley had two hits and three runs, including an infield the park homerun to lead off the first inning for the Scots.
Lyon (2-0) will hit the field again tomorrow afternoon for two games beginning at noon. The Scots will face Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) in the first game, followed by a matchup with Greenville College (Ill.) at 2 p.m.