LEGENDS Way, Fla. - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball was back in action today for a three-game stretch. The Pomeroys were victorious in Game One against Missouri Baptist University 5-1. After the Pomeroys faced the College of Saint Mary in a doubleheader which they were defeated 11-7 in Game Two while The Woods got their payback in Game Three winning 3-2. SMWC will be back on the diamond tomorrow for three games beginning with Lourdes University at 11:30 AM.
Game #3 | vs. Missouri Baptist University
The Pomeroys rallied to score five runs in the seventh inning to defeat Missouri Baptist University. The bases were loaded when Brooke Coffing bunted and reached on an error which pushed Kelsey Young across the plate to score. Nicole Niespodziany then reached on a fielder's choice which scored Hailey Miller. After an Ariel Spivey walk, Hollie Jones smacked a triple down the third base line which cleared the bases and extended the lead 5-1. Coffing was on the mound for the Pomeroys. She earned her first collegiate victory as she finished the game with three strikeouts. Jones led the team with two hits while SMWC won 5-1.
Game #4 | vs. College of Saint Mary
SMWC and the College of Saint Mary scored a total of 18 runs in the second game of the day. CSM had big innings in the fourth, fifth, and sixth inning which tallied their 11 runs. The Pomeroys put up six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning which were powered by Hannah Lewis, Katelynn Kennedy, Mallory Clarkson, Jilliann Reese, and Kelsey Young. Kindra Gingerich, Hollie Jones, and Young each added doubles. Taylor Andrew started on the mound for the Pomeroys. She allowed four runs on 10 hits and struck out one. Brooke Coffing stepping in as relief. SMWC racked up seven hits in the game. Young and Lew both had multiple hits for The Woods. Despite the sixth inning effort, the Pomeroys failed to rally and lost 11-7.
Game #5 | vs. College of Saint Mary
The Pomeroys put up one run in each of the first three innings behind an impressive pitching performance by Katelynn Kennedy. Kennedy struck out four batters and only gave up four hits. At the plate, SMWC had four player's tally two hits apiece (Hollie Jones, Nicole Niespodziany, Kennedy, and Hailey Miller). Jones added two stolen bases and an RBI while Miller and Niespodziany each earned an RBI. The Woods went on to win the game 3-2 while Kennedy got her first collegiate win.
Quote | Head Coach Mike Andrew
Overall, what the team needs to continue to work on...
"We need to continue to swing at better pitches."
What he is happy about in his team's performance from today...
"I think we are starting to play like a team. Pitching has been good. We are hitting the ball pretty good just hitting it where our opponents are at."
Quote | Brooke Coffing
What it felt like to earn her first collegiate win...
"Getting my first collegiate victory felt so unreal! I am so thankful for this opportunity and excited to get our first season W! My teammates are always there to back me up and cheer me on when I'm on the mound, so they were definitely a huge part of this experience and I cannot wait to see where the rest of the season takes us."
Quote | Hollie Jones
How the team was able to come back after two tough losses yesterday and the tough second loss in game two...
"It was our first day being outside for the season yesterday and I think everyone just had the jitters or was anxious. Today we came back ready to play. After the second game today we all seemed very tired but knew that we could pull through and didn't give up. We had one or two bad innings in the second game where they got a bunch of runs. Without that, we could have come closer or could have beat them. Then we proved it the 3rd game. Each game we play, we keep coming closer as a team and with the whole team in the game, playing for each other, we can win any game."
Quote | Katelynn Kennedy
How it felt to get her first win on the mound and for the team to come out with two wins today...
"It's definitely an amazing feeling getting back on the field after a long setback of being injured last year. Our team chemistry on the field today showed, allowing us to achieve two successful wins today. We just have to keep trusting the process while having fun and being competitive."
Who's On Deck?
SMWC will play three more games tomorrow before having Wednesday and Thursday off to rest. Lourdes University will be the teams first test which will begin at 11:30 AM. Followed by a game versus the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) at 1:30 PM. They will finish the evening off with a night game against Doane University at 6:45 PM.
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