ST. CATHARINE, Ky. — Jenna Jones tossed a complete game five-hitter and Kim Rollins drove in a pair of runs to lead the University of Rio Grande to a game two win and a doubleheader split St. Catharine College, Saturday afternoon, in Mid-South Conference softball action at Salt River Electric Field.
The RedStorm posted a 5-2 win in the back end of the twinbill after the Patriots posted a 7-2 victory in the opener. The two teams also divided their doubleheader in Rio Grande last month.
The split left Rio Grande at 20-11 overall and 12-8 in the MSC, while St. Catharine finished the day at 12-21 overall and 8-16 in league play.
Jones, a freshman from Lancaster, Ohio, allowed just a first inning RBI single by Taylor Steff and a solo home run by Krystal Cammuse en route to her 11th win in 19 decisions. The right-hander walked one and struck out three, while helping her own cause at the plate with a fifth inning sacrifice fly.
Rollins, a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, sealed the win with a two-run double in the seventh inning, while freshman Cheyenne Hamaker (Hilliard, OH) and junior Haley Gwin (Troy, OH) added two hits each. Junior Jessi Robinson (Wilmington, OH) and Hamaker both scored two runs each.
Cammuse had two hits in the loss for the Patriots, while Brittany McKee started and took the loss inside the pitcher’s circle.
In the opener, St. Catharine took a 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to an RBI double by McKee, before adding two runs in the third inning and four runs in the sixth on a Brandi Hood grand slam home run.
Rio Grande, which managed just one hit off of Cammuse through the first six innings, avoided a shutout in the seventh when Jones doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a throwing error. Two outs later, Gwin hit her third home run of the year.
McKee had a pair of doubles to the St. Catharine offensive attack.
Cammuse improved to 4-9 with the victory, while Jones started and went the distance in the loss for the RedStorm.
Rio Grande returns to action on Sunday at Campbellsville University. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.