Lady Lions End Season with 4-0 loss to Saint Francis
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Lady Lions End Season with 4-0 loss to Saint Francis

Tue, May 16, 2017 - [Softball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion softball team kept things scoreless through five innings of play Tuesday in the NAIA Tournament opening round, but a pair of two-run innings in the sixth and seventh by No. 1 seed University of Saint Francis sent the Lady Lions home with a 4-0 loss to end their season.

Despite the loss, Mallory Spurlock (10-4) pitched a gem, as she worked 5 and 2/3 innings and allowed just five hits while striking out one. Hannah Wright provided 1 and 1/3 innings of relief and allowed just two hits. Morghan Dieringer (25-5) followed suit in the pitching duel for University of Saint Francis, as she worked a complete game and allowed just three hits while striking out seven.

The Lady Lions (24-14) scattered just three hits in the contest, as Caitlyn CarterAbbi Gooch and Kaylyn Graham all reached base in the pitching duel. Brooke Karraker led the Fighting Saints at the plate, as she went 2-for-4 on the day, which included a triple and two RBI in the win.

Both teams went scoreless through the first five innings of play before University of Saint Francis (42-6) broke through with two runs in the top half of the sixth inning. Anna Wetherell crossed the plate first in the inning following an RBI single by Kayla Garcia to put the Fighting Saints up 1-0. Garcia also crossed the plate in the inning, courtesy of a bloop RBI single to left field by Hailey Lenth to give USF a 2-0 advantage.

The Fighting Saints tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh inning, as Brooke Karraker pounded out a triple to deep right field to score Katelyn Rolniak and Wetherell to put USF up 4-0, which would be all they needed to secure the victory.

As was the case in yesterday's match-up with Campbellsville, the Lady Lions were able to put runners on base, but could not move them around, as they stranded five runners in the contest. Despite USF also stranding five runners in the match-up, they were able to pound out four RBI to push their runs across.

With the loss, the Lady Lions end their season with a record of 24-14. With the win, University of Saint Francis moves to 42-6 on the season and advances to play tournament host Campbellsville University in the Tuesday nightcap at 6:00 PM.