TITUSVILLE, Fla. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball team battled Penn State Hazleton and the College of St. Joseph this morning at Chain of Lakes Park. The Pomeroys stellar offensive performance propelled them past the Nittany Lions 16-1 and the Fighting Saints 13-8.
GAME ONE | VS. PENN STATE HAZLETON | WON 16 - 1
Four hits from Hollie Jones and Kindra Gingerich helped lead SMWC past Penn State Hazelton 16-1. The Woods started in the first inning when Kelsey Young singled on a 1-1 count which scored two runs. In the fourth inning, the Pomeroys put up seven runs. Kerri Schrock, Taylor Andrew, Jacklyn McClain, Kindra Gingerich, Jones, and Young, powered the huge inning with RBIs. Schrock hit the team's first home run of the season over the left field wall. Andrew started in the circle for the Pomeroys and earned the win. She pitched four innings, allowed zero runs on three hits, and struck out four batters. Mary Kate Pemczkowksi endured the loss for the Penn State Hazleton pitching staff. Overall, SMWC tallied 20 hits in the shortened five-inning game due to the 10-run rule in effect. Jones and Gingerich both had four hits to lead the team. The Woods played remarkable defense as they did not commit a single error in the field. Kelly Combs devoured the game with six putouts.
GAME TWO | VS. COLLEGE OF ST. JOSEPH | WON 13 - 8
SMWC snatched the lead late to defeat the College of St. Joseph 13-8. The Pomeroys started in the first inning when they scored one-run on a Kelsey Young double. SMWC notched five runs in the sixth inning when Kelly Combs, Jacklyn McClain, Kindra Gingerich, and Jones, each drove in runs. Jones knocked out her first collegiate home run over the center field wall to lead the inning. In the bottom of the fifth, the contest was tied 6-6 when Hollie Jones singled on a 1-0 count which scored one-run. The Fighting Saints strung together six runs in the fifth inning, but the Pomeroys managed to pull out the victory. In the circle, Christian Chambers picked up the victory. She allowed 11 hits and eight runs over seven innings and struck out six batters. Shelby Fenton suffered the loss for the College of St. Joseph. Overall, SMWC totaled 17 hits in the game. McClain, Jones, Mariah Stout, Malerie Higginbotham, Baylee Waters, and Kerri Schrock, each had multiple hits for the Pomeroys. Jones and McClain led the team with three hits each.
Hollie Jones said,"I think this game we saw the ball a lot better than the past few days. We strung out hits together so much better than we have and our team chemistry just keeps growing more every game." Jones on hitting her first collegiate home run, "Hitting my first home run was a feeling I honestly never thought I would feel. I'm just so thankful for everyone that has helped me get to this point and pushed me to my limits! Without that, I wouldn't be the player I am today."
Kerri Schrock said,"We played really well as a team today and connected our hits. We have been struggling with connecting them together but today we hit very well. Shout out to Hollie Jones on getting her first home run. Go Poms!"
BY THE NUMBERS
37 | The Pomeroys tallied a total of 37 hits in today's doubleheader
21 | SMWC's scored 21 total runs in its two-games
The SMWC softball team will compete in its final games in Florida tomorrow morning against the College of St. Joseph and Ave Maria University. First pitches are scheduled for 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
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