STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – After dropping their first game versus Mt. Aloysius College by a score of 13-0 in five innings, the Franciscan University Lady Barons kept the score much closer in game two. The two solo homeruns by Mountie outfielder Jalisa Westover left the Lady Barons with a 2-1 loss and just shy of their first win of the season.
Amelia Gallagher threw her strongest game of the season, scattering six hits over the complete seven innings. She struck out one and walked three and never allowed more than one hit in an inning.
"Amelia (Gallagher) pitched a great game," noted head coach Terry Leighty. "What we've been preaching to these girls all year is that if you play good defense and catch the ball, you will be able to be in these kinds of games. We did that today."
The Lady Barons committed just two errors in game two and made some crucial defensive plays, including a line-out double play by shortstop Michelle Volk in the top of the sixth to kill a late rally by the Mounties.
"I was really impressed with Michelle Volk at short in game two; she made some great plays," said Leighty.
The biggest Lady Baron threat came in the bottom of the fifth when they were down 2-1 and Cathy Durand and Gallagher both reached base on singles to start the inning. Durand advanced to third on Gallagher's single, and Gallagher stole second to put runners on second and third with no outs. However, the next three batters were retired in order, and that was the closest Franciscan would come to evening out the score.
Leading the Lady Barons at the plate on the day was Mallori Linscomb, 2-3 with a double and a RBI in the second game.
"Mallori (Linscomb) is certainly a player. She is the type of girl we can build (a future team) around," said Leighty.
Franciscan will host Medaille College for a doubleheader April 21. The games will be part of Franciscan University's Kloska Community Day. Game times are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m.