MU softball splits
Troy graduate Kate Pratt homered and threw a complete-game five-hitter to lead Mansfield to a 4-2 win over Fairmont State (WV) in the first game of Day 2 of the Salem Invitational Tournament but the Mounties fell to Winston-Salem 3-1 in the nightcap.
In the opener, Pratt helped her own cause when Courtney Bauder starter the bottom of the inning with a double down the leftfield line and moved to second on a sac bunt by Stephanie Simmeth. Pratt reached on a single but Bauder was nailed at third. Freshman Ashley Inman then singled and moves to second when Pratt took third. Freshman Megan Miller stepped to the plate and delivered a two-run double to left field to score both Pratt and Inman. Senior Daniel Long followed with a single to drive in Miller and give Mansfield what would prove to be an insurmountable lead.
Pratt pitched effectively over the next two innings, not allowing a hit in the second and third.
Pratt led off the bottom of the third with a solo shot over the center field fence for her team-leading fourth home run of the season to extend Mansfield's lead to 4-0.
Fairmount, which was unbeaten in its first six games this season, struck back in the top of the sixth. Skidmore led off the top of the sixth with a single to left and Holly Frampton followed her with a two-run home run to cut the lead in half at 4-2.
But Pratt settled down, retiring the next three batters in order in ground outs to short and got the first two batters in the seventh out until Courtney Iacobacci singled. Pratt then got the final batter to fly out harmlessly to centerfield.
It was Pratt's first win of the season in four decisions. The junior righty went the distance, scattering five hits in seven innings while striking out one and walking three.
Pratt also went 3-3 from the plate while Bauder and Miller each had two hits including a double each. Mansfield out hit Fairmont 10-5.
Fairmont was led offensively by Courtney Iacobacci with went 2-3 and Frampton was went 1-2 with a home run and two RBI's.
In the nightcap, Mansfield sent senior Caitlin Klobosits after she had thrown her first no-hitter in blanking Salem International yesterday. Klobobosits saw her 18 inning scoreless streak come to a halt in the first inning when built a run with two outs.
Winston-Salem increased its lead to 2-0 two inning later on back-to-back doubles by Monet Daily and Bria Jones.
Mansfield had just one hit, a single by Long in the second inning, over the first four innings until Megan Miller doubled to open the bottom of the fifth. But the Mountaineers could get her around with all three of the next batters flied out to the outfield.
With one out in the sixth, Bauder doubled to left center and Simmeth followed with a RBI singled to right. But the Mountaineers stranded Simmeth when the next two batters got out.
With the score now 2-1, Winston Salem got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Klobosits hit the first batter of the inning and had runners at first and second with one out when she was relieved by Emily Crandell.
Crandell got the next batter to pop up for the second out of the inning but both runners moved up on a error before Tanaya Petturs singled up the middle to make the game 3-1. Crandell got the final out swinging.
Mansfield couldn't get anything going in the bottom of the inning with all three batters grounding out.
Although she took her first loss of the season, Klobosits still pitched effectively allowing five hits and striking out five over 5.1 innings. Mansfield was held to four hits in the game.
Monet Daly went the distance to pick up the win for Winston-Salem which improves to 15-11 on the season.
Mansfield goes to 5-5 on the season and host West Liberty and Davis & Elkins in the final day of the tournament Sunday.