DANVILLE, Ky. – No. 9 Lindsey Wilson softball was eliminated from the Mid-South Conference Tournament following a 15-3 loss to Campbellsville (Ky.) Saturday at Millennium Park.
The Tigers (42-16) got on board early, scoring two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning. Campbellsville added another three runs in the second as Kristin Benton hit a 3-1 pitch over the center field fence.
The Blue Raiders (45-9) got three runs of their own in the bottom half of the second. Travatia Bowden reached on a walk, and then moved to second following a single by Jordan Hood. Brittney Graves put Lindsey Wilson on the scoreboard with a single up the middle, scoring Bowden, and then advanced to second on the throw home. Campbellsville then committed an error attempting to throw out Madison Scott at first on a softly hit ball to short, allowing both Hood and Graves to score and cut the lead to 5-3.
A couple of walks, an error and a single to left center field allowed the Tigers to plate another three runs in the top of the third. The Blue Raiders looked to make some noise in the fifth inning, loading the bases with only one out. Campbellsville turned to Taylor Wroe to get them out of the jam, and the senior was able to induce a pop out and a fly out to end the Lindsey Wilson threat.
The Tigers distanced themselves in the top of the sixth, scoring seven runs on five hits and a pair of Blue Raider errors. Needing five runs to force a seventh inning, Lindsey Wilson led off with a Graves' single. That would be all the Blue Raiders could do, however, as Campbellsville retired the next three batters to end the game.
Campbellsville's Victoria Decker earns the win and improves to 17-8 on the season. Decker allowed one earned run on six hits and three walks through 4.1 innings, adding two strikeouts. Casey Bryan takes the loss, falling to 20-6 after allowing four earned runs on five hits in one and one third innings pitched.
Graves went 2-for-2 on the day, scoring a run and adding an RBI. Scott batted 1-for-4 and had the other RBI. The Blue Raiders had won the MSC Tournament four years in a row before the loss Saturday.
Lindsey Wilson, as the MSC regular season champion, will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA World Series and will host opening round games May 12-14.