Thu, Apr. 26, 2012 - [Softball]
By RANDY PAYTON
Rio Grande Sports Information
DANVILLE, Ky. - The University of Rio Grande pushed across an unearned run in the third inning, added another marker in the fourth and parlayed a strong pitching performance by Anna Smith into a 2-0 victory over Campbellsville University in the Mid-South Conference Softball Tournament, Thursday morning, at Millineum Park's Panasonic Field.
The RedStorm (24-18) will face top-seeded Lindsey Wilson in a winner's bracket semifinal game, today, at 5 p.m.
Campbellsville (33-21) slipped into a loser's bracket elimination game against the University of Pikeville at 3 p.m.
Smith, a senior from Hamilton, Ohio, rebounded from a recent back injury to toss a complete game one-hitter. She walked just two and struck out seven.
The only hit that the Tigers mustered off of Smith was a leadoff single - off the right field fence - by Sara Paragon in the third inning, who reached third on a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball, but was left stranded.
Campbellsville's only other baserunners were the two walks issued by Smith - a two-out pass to Kristin Benton in the first inning and a two-out walk to Heather Oakley in the seventh.
Campbellsville starter Taylor Wroe suffered the loss, allowing three hits and both runs over four innings.
Rio got what proved to be the only run it would need in the third inning when freshman Haley Gwin (Troy, OH) led off with a double to right-center, moved to third on sacrifice bunt by freshman Maegen Pendleton (Xenia, OH) and scored when Paragon - the Tigers' catcher - dropped the throw home on a fielder's choice grounder to second by junior Kaylee Walk (Unionville Center, OH).
The RedStorm got their final run in the fourth when Smith led off with a walk, senior Nicole Sargent (Pataskala, OH) was hit by a pitch and freshman Allison Hurst (Fairfield, OH) followed with a single to right-center.
Walk finished 3-for-4, while Hurst was 2-for-3 in the win.
Live statistics for all tournament games are available by clicking on the MSC Tournament link at www.mid-southconference.org