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Euts Drop Two Nail Biters to Eureka
|Bailey Johnson pitched the first game
against Eureka on Wednesday.
Photo by Alyssa Brewer.
The Eutectics lost two close games against Eureka College on Wednesday, April 1, when they hosted the Red Devils at Affton Athletic Association.
In the top of the first of game one, Eureka grabbed the early lead, 2-0. But the Eutectics responded with three of their own in the second, when first-year pitcher Allie Dewald homered and second-year outfielder Kara Terry had an RBI double. After two more scoreless innings, the Red Devils bats came back to life in the sixth, bringing six runs home.
The Euts scored one in the bottom of the seventh, to bring the score to 8-4. Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when hits from Dewald, first-year short stop Kate Toler, and fourth-year center fielder Kelsey Toler brought in three runs to tie it up. The Red Devils found their bats again in the eighth, pushing across four runs on five hits. The Eutectics were unable to answer in the bottom of the eighth, and the Red Devils claimed the win 11-7.
Dewald racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Eutectics. Second-year Bailey Johnson took the loss as STLCOP pitcher. Kali George got the win in relief for Eureka, pitching two innings and allowing no runs.
In game two of the double header, the Euts were down 9-4 in the bottom of the sixth, when hits from second-year outfielder Molly Kallal (triple), second-year third-baseman Tayler Evans (double) and Kate Toler (single), scored four runs for the Euts. With the score at 9-8 Red Devils, neither team was able to score in the final inning, securing the win for Eureka.
Dewald led the Eutectics’ offensive threat, hitting a single in the first inning and claiming her second homer of the day in the fourth. She took the loss on the mound for the Eutectics allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four. Eureka’s George got the win, despite allowing eight runs over seven innings, with four strikeouts, eight walks, and nine hits.
The Eutectics are now 3-7 (3-3 AMC). This Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, the Euts travel to Arkansas for two conference double headers against Lyon College and Williams Baptist College.
|Kelsey Toler went 2-4 with 2 RBIs in
the Eutectic win over BenU-S.
Photo by Alyssa Brewer.
On Friday, Mar. 13, the 2015 Eutectic softball team claimed its first conference win of the season on the road over Benedictine University-Springfield, 10-5. First-year pitcher Allie Dewald went 2-4 with a double and a single, while recording the win for the Euts on the mound. She struck out five, walked ten, and gave up seven hits.
The Eutectics never surrendered the lead after scoring three runs in the first inning. The two-run double by Dewald in the third scored second-years Kara Terry and Taylor Craig and contributed to a three-run inning to put the Euts up by six. Then the Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to close its deficit to 7-3 and pushed two more runs across in the in bottom of the sixth, bringing the score to 7-5. The Eutectics responded with three more in the seventh, and the Bulldogs could find no answer, succumbing to the Euts 10-5 in seven innings.
The second game of the double header did not go quite as well for the Euts as they lost 16-1. Dewald was once again asked to pitch for the Euts since second-year pitcher Bailey Johnson could not make the trip. But, fatigue became a factor for Dewald, who allowed nine runs in two innings, walked seven and struck out one. In the first inning, the Euts pushed across their only run of the game on an error. Terry had the only hit for the Euts and Dewald scored the only run.
The Eutectics are now 1-3 for the season (1-1 in AMC). The team will take time off to enjoy spring break at home before returning to competition on Wednesday, Mar. 25, when they host Lindenwood-Belleville for a double header with games at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
|Kara Terry celebrates as Taylor Craig comes home.|
The Eutectics went out with a bang on their home turf on Sunday, April 27, coming from behind to win both games of a double header against Robert Morris University-Springfield. Earlier in the season, the Eutectics split a double header against the Eagles in Springfield, so the double win at home to cap off the season was especially sweet.
In game one, the Eutectics went up 2-0 in the fourth, when first-year Taylor Craig hit a two-run single. The Eagles responded, scoring one in the sixth and two more in the seventh to put them ahead with one last Eutectic bat. After tying it up in the bottom of the seventh, first-year Bailey Johnson hit an RBI-single, plating first-year Kara Terry to secure the win. Third-year Kelsey Toler went 2-4 for the Eutectics, and first-year pitcher Katelyn Huhn earned the 4-3 win.
In game two, the Eagles came out with gusto, scoring in every inning except the third, racking up seven runs by the fifth inning. The Euts finally got on the board with one run in the sixth, but were down 1-7 in the bottom of the seventh. It was during this last chance that the Eutectic bats got hot, driving in five runs. With the Euts trailing by two, second-year Jaime Everett came to the plate and doubled, scoring Bailey and Craig to win the game 8-7. Everett went 1-2, Bailey was 2-3 with one RBI, and Huhn was 3-4 while taking home another win as pitcher for the Euts.
|2014 Softball team players pose at the
Spring Sports Awards Picnic.
The Eutectics finished the season 9-17. The 2014 softball team was honored with varsity awards on May 10 at the Spring Sports Awards Picnic on campus along with the men’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field teams. Huhn received the “Pitcher of the Year” award, Toler earned the “Offensive Player of the Year” award, first-year Tayler Evans took home the “Defensive Player of the Year” award, and fifth-year Kelsey Mileur, in her final year of eligibility, received the “Coaches’” award.
|Kelsey Toler had five hits
against BenU-S on Saturday.
Despite third-year infielder Kelsey Toler’s five hits on the day, the Eutectics succumbed to the Benedictine University-Springfield Bulldogs in both games of a double header on Saturday, April 19, at the Euts’ home fields at Forest Park Community College. In the first game, the Bulldogs scored five runs in the first two innings that went unanswered by the Eutectics. Then, the Bulldogs put another five runs on the board in the fourth and fifth innings to seal the deal. Toler and second-year outfielder Alyssa Farbak went two for three with one stolen base apiece for the Euts. But the STLCOP team left eight runners stranded, falling 15-0 to the Bulldogs, with Bailey Johnson taking the loss for the Euts.
In game two, the Eutectics found their bats, scoring first, and pushing four players across the plate in the bottom of the first. The Bulldogs responded with three runs in the top of the third and another eight in the fifth. The Eutectics scored one more in the bottom of the fifth, but Benedictine came back in the sixth with five more to finish off the Euts 16-5. Toler had three of the Eutectics’ 13 hits in the game. First-year players Molly Kallal, Kara Terry and Tayler Evans had two hits apiece. Farbak took the loss on the mound.
The Eutectic team is now 5-17 with two home games left in the season. On Tuesday, April 22, STLCOP hosts Missouri Valley College at Affton Athletic Association at 3 and 5 p.m. Then, the Euts will play their final game versus Robert Morris University-Springfield at Forest Park Community College at 12 and 2 p.m.
|Bailey Johnson had five RBIs
and two wins for the Euts.
After suffering two close losses at Hannibal LaGrange University, the Euts split double headers with Robert Morris University-Springfield and MacMurray College last week.
Early in the season (Mar. 11), the Euts hosted the Hannibal LaGrange Trojans, losing 3-8 and 2-18. The Euts returned a double header at Hannibal LaGrange on Tuesday, April 8, playing much tighter games, but still ending up on the wrong end of the score. The first game was scoreless until the Trojans scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Eutectic offense never responded and the Trojans claimed a 2-0 victory despite first-year pitcher Katelyn Huhn’s best efforts. In game two, the Euts were the first on the board when Huhn and second-year Alyssa Hitpas scored on an RBI triple by first-year Kara Terry. Down 2-0, the Trojans responded with one run in the bottom of the first, then went up for good in the second, scoring two runs. The 2-3 score would remain the final with Eutectic first-year pitcher Bailey Johnson taking the loss.
On Friday, April 11, the Eutectics played a rescheduled double header at Robert Morris University-Springfield. Despite six hits, including doubles by third-year Kelsey Toler and Huhn and five strikeouts by Huhn on the mound, the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Robert Morris scored one run to win the game. In the second game, Robert Morris out-hit the Euts nine to five, but stranded six runners on base. The Eutectics were ahead by six in the bottom of the seventh, when Robert Morris made a last minute effort. Four hits by the Eagles brought in four runs, but it was not enough. The Euts claimed an 8-6 victory. Terry scored three times, with two hits and an RBI, while Johnson earned the win for the Euts along with three RBIs from a bases-loaded double in the fourth.
On a cold and rainy Sunday, April 13, the Euts hosted MacMurray College, splitting the double header. In the first game, Toler, Terry, first-year Taylor Craig and second-year Jaime Everett crossed the plate to score four runs in the first inning. Unfortunately for the Euts, they were unable to score again. The Highlanders took the lead in the fifth and won the game 5-4. Huhn took the loss for the Euts. In game two, the rain pounded down, but Bailey pitched seven strong innings to earn a shut out win, allowing only two hits by the Highlanders on the sloppy infield. The Eutectics scored Craig in the fifth on an RBI single by first-year Taylor Evans and, after doubling in the sixth, Toler came home on a single by Johnson. The Eutectics won 2-0.
|Katelyn Huhn in the batter's box.|
The next two double headers were canceled due to rain. The Eutectics are now 5-15 for the season with only four home double headers left on the schedule. Next up, the Euts host Benedictine University-Springfield on Saturday, April 19, at the Forest Park Community College fields at 12 and 2 p.m.
|Kayla Gray earned the Euts
The Eutectic Softball Team’s decisive double header win over Harris Stowe State University on Wednesday, Mar. 26, marked the first-ever wins for the team. Taking an early lead in the first game, the Euts scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back, defeating the Hornets 11-6. Third-year short stop Kelsey Toler went four for four, including two doubles for the Euts. Third-year pitcher Kayla Gray surrendered only two hits and two runs over three innings, striking out four to earn the win. First-year Bailey Johnson had two hits and four RBIs for the Euts.
The Eutectics gave the Hornets more of the same in the second game, scoring six runs in the first, and claiming the win at 10-2. First-year left fielder Taylor Craig racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Euts. First-year pitcher Katelyn Huhn allowed five hits and two runs, striking out six in six innings.
After losing two double headers versus Principia College and William Woods University on Mar. 29 and 31, the Euts then faced Stephens College in Columbia,
|Kelsey Toler is batting .350 for the Euts.|
Mo., on Sunday, April 6. Gray pitched six solid innings for STLCOP, allowing only three hits and collecting three strikeouts. Second-year second baseman Alyssa Hitpas went two for two, including a double in the seventh inning.
The second half of the double header against Stephens was literally a whole different ball game. Second-year third-baseman Erica Earnest, second-year first baseman Jaime Everett combined with Toler and Hitpas for eight hits and eight RBIs en route to a 15-5 win over the Stars. Toler had two triples, a double and four RBIs of her own. Huhn struck out three, walked none, and allowed eight hits and five runs over six innings for the win.
The Eutectics are now 3-11. On Tuesday, April 8, they will return a double header at Hannibal LaGrange with games at 3 and 5 p.m.
Game 1: Eutectics fall to Hannibal-LaGrange 8-3 in spite of Terry's performance
|Bailey Johnson pitched four
innings for the Euts.
First-year Kara Terry did all she could to give Eutectics a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past Hannibal-LaGrange, as the Eutectics lost 8-3 in seven innings in the first of a double header at Affton Athletic Association on Tuesday, Mar. 11.
The top of the first saw Hannibal-LaGrange take an early lead, 1-0. Megan Becker got things going for Hannibal-LaGrange with a single. Then, Kelli Black singled, bringing home Becker.
After a quick strike from Hannibal-LaGrange, the Eutectics responded with one run in the first. Tayler Evans scored on an RBI double by Kara Terry.
Hannibal-LaGrange went up for good in the third, scoring six runs on two doubles.
Two runs in the bottom of the sixth helped the Eutectics close its deficit to 7-3. An RBI triple by Terry and a passed ball fueled a Eutectics' comeback. But, finally, Katy Atkins got Bailey Johnson to fly out to end the threat.
Bailey Johnson pitched lights out for the Eutectics after coming in for starter Kayla Gray. Hannibal-LaGrange managed just one hit off of the Eutectics' pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one during her four innings of work.
Game 2: Eutectics drop 18-2 game to Hannibal-LaGrange; Pfleger Homers
|Jade Pfleger hit a home run in
Game 2 against
The Eutectics wound up on the wrong side of an 18-2 score in the second game, tasting defeat at the hands of Hannibal-LaGrange.
The game's last lead went to Hannibal-LaGrange thanks to a first inning rally that saw 10 runs cross the plate on an error, two two-run blasts, and a groundout by Abby Garcia.
A two-run homer in the bottom of the third by Jade Pfleger sparked a Eutectics' rally. After pushing across two runs, the Eutectics faced just a 13-2 deficit. But, Bobbi Henderson got Terry to strike out to end the threat.
Atkins got the win for Hannibal-LaGrange, tossing one inning of shutout ball. She struck out two, walked none and surrendered no hits.
Hannibal-LaGrange easily handled Eutectics pitching as seven hitters combined for 15 hits, 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
Jenna Hawkins ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss.
The Eutectics are now 0-6 for the season. Next up they host Harris Stowe State University in a double header on Wednesday, Mar. 26, at 3 and 5 p.m. at Forest Park Community College.
|Third-year Kelsey Toler had
two hits and an RBI against
The Eutectic softball team traveled to Springfield, Ill., on Saturday, Mar. 8, to take on Benedictine University-Springfield for its second double header of the season. The Bulldogs proved too much for the Eutectics this time, winning 11-0 and 8-2.
In the first game, first-year utility player Kara Terry had three put-outs and the only hit for the Eutectics. Benedictine pitcher Kate Stapleton had four shutout innings, including five strikeouts. The Bulldogs scored two runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back, adding one more in the third, and six more in the fourth to lock in the win. First-year pitcher Bailey Johnson pitched three innings to take the loss for the Euts.
The Eutectics were the first to score in the second half of the double header. A double from third-year pitcher Kayla Gray scored Terry to start off the second inning. But, Benedictine went up for good in the third, scoring two runs on an RBI single by Miranda Langen. The Bulldogs pushed two more runs across in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Down 8-1 in the top of the seventh, an RBI single by third-year utility player Kelsey Toler gave the Euts life. But it wasn’t enough to close the gap. The Euts lost with a final score of 8-2. Gray took the Eutectic loss after pitching four innings for the Euts.
The Eutectics are now 0-4. On Tuesday, Mar. 11, they host Hannibal LaGrange at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Forest Park Community College.
|Eutectic pitcher Jaime Everett
finished the season with a
.500 batting average.
The Euts were scheduled to play another doubleheader on Wed., April 24, versus MacMurray College, but the game was canceled due to weather-related issues. Wet weather wreaked havoc on the Eutectics' schedule this spring and shortened an already abbreviated first-ever season. With some rescheduling, the Euts did manage to get in six of their eight scheduled games, finishing the season 0-6. Everett led the STLCOP bats this season, finishing with an impressive .500 batting average, including seven hits and three RBIs in her five games. Toler collected five hits and three RBIs over the six games, while Cohen finished with a .400 batting average.
|2013 STLCOP Softball Team|
After two game cancellations due to bad weather and field conditions, the Eutectic softball team was finally able to get its first games of the season, and of STLCOP history, on the books. On Thurs., April 11, field conditions at Principia College were acceptable, but the weather was anything but pleasant. Gray skies, winds, and temperatures in the 40s made the doubleheader a bitterly cold experience for players and spectators alike. The Euts endured the cold, along with two losses to Principia, 11-0 and 14-1.
With one hit in the first two innings of the first game, from first-year left fielder Jaime Everett, the Euts were down 4-0 going into the third. In the bottom of the third, Principia scored seven runs on three Eutectic errors, three hits, a walk, and a batter hit by a pitch to make the score 11-0 before the inning closed. No more points were scored by either team, despite two more hits by first-year right fielder Mallory Mensing and first-year shortstop Jade Pfleger. The 10-run-rule put an end to the game at the bottom of the fifth.
Principia continued its dominance in the second game, scoring 10 runs in the first inning and four more in the second and third. Second-year first-baseman Kelsey Toler had a hit in the second, but the Euts did not get on the board until the fourth inning, when Everett singled to left, stole second base, and scored on a single to right by fourth-year third baseman Kelsey Mileur. Principia would not score again, but neither would the Eutectics, who ended up losing 14-1.
After two games, the Eutectics hope to collect their first win at the next game on Saturday, April 20, when they host Benedictine University of Springfield at noon.
This spring, STLCOP welcomes the addition of a women’s softball team to its varsity sports program. In response to a growing demand from students, athletic director Jill Harter researched the idea of sponsoring a team and found it feasible. This year, the team will play a limited schedule of six to eight dates in the St. Louis area. Assistant volleyball coach and athletic department assistant Katie Payne will coach the 15 student athletes on the roster with help from Harter as an assistant coach. Payne and Harter both played collegiate softball at Dominican University and Saint Louis University, respectively.
Payne is excited to coach the rookie team, but also recognizes the challenges the team will face. Since it was only recently approved, recruiting was non-existent and STLCOP may struggle from a lack of pitchers. In addition, the team's record may suffer. Nevertheless, enthusiasm is high from players and coaches alike, and the inaugural season looks to be one of excitement and good competition. The softball season kicks off on Mar. 20 with a game against MacMurray College on the STLCOP home field at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.